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Giving Your Best Effort Lesson Plan


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Just doing the work isn’t enough – students need to put forth their best effort to master content, develop a strong work ethic, and get the grades their parents are expecting 😉 It doesn’t work to just tell students ‘do your best’ or ‘give your best effort’ – we need to show them what this means! This lesson plan (whole group or small group) teaches students what different levels of effort look like using an ‘effort meter’ and example stories.
• PowerPoint for teaching what different levels of effort look like (both in behavior and outcome).
• Anchor chart pieces for what best effort feels like, looks like, and sounds like during teacher teaching time and independent work time
• Five work pages for defeating the excuses that get in the way of best effort
• Two character scenarios/stories with writing samples, both in PPT form and teacher script form (with character signs for acting out)
• Two versions of effort rubric visuals
• Two self-reflection exit tickets: one for specific assignments and one for overall effort
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*PowerPoint is not editable and works for both MACs and PCs. NOW compatible with Google Slides!*


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“It was really a struggle this year with students not putting forth their best effort on their work. This resources really helped provide parameters for what quality of work they should be striving for. I have seen a remarkable difference in student work since using this! We also use it as a check-point to refer back to at the end of assignments, and that reminder has really been helpful for my scholars.”

“Fun lesson for students to identify the power of strong work effort and what different levels of work effort look like. My 4th grade students enjoyed it. Thanks for the solid lesson with no prep needed :)”

“One of my favorite resources of all time! What a great way for the counselor to explain “Best Effort” to young students. I loved doing this lesson with my classes! Made it easy to explain and the kids still talk about it when I go in for other lessons. They always have to tell me that they are being High Effort Henry today!!”