•Perseverance is the courage it takes to continue trying despite previous failures.
•Perseverance is the strength that gets you through times of trouble.
•Perseverance is knowing that the road to success is paved with difficulty.
•Perseverance is steady persistence in a course of action, especially in spite of discouragement.
Before reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, share the video below to provide background knowledge to the students.
1. Read William Kamkwamba’s story, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, to remind students the importance of persevering and overcoming obstacles.
2. Build windmills for all ages to understand wheel and axel and/or converting energy – Windmill Model Science Project.
3. Interview an adult. Determine a time in his/her life when he/she had to persevere and the result of this hard work. Share experiences to your class blog.
4. Use the phoenix to symbolize perseverance. The Phoenix is a mythical creature who has the ability to overcome and rise from the ashes and start new. When we are faced with an obstacle in order to overcome, we need to preserve and stay strong just like the phoenix . Use feathers to identify students persevering. Distribute and/or place feathers on desks when students are working hard on assignments.
5. Have students create PSA posters with inspirational quotes about perseverance. Display posters around the building. A famous one is from Michael Jordan… “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”