Get Gritty - Grade 4 Supplementary Activity

About This Lesson

In this lesson, students learn about the link between grit and success through the characteristics of historical figures who demonstrated perseverance and passion in achieving their goals. Students then define what it means to be gritty, evaluate their own gritty behaviors, and tell the story of a time they demonstrated a gritty attitude to achieve their own goals.

15-65 Minutes
4th Grade

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, students will:

  • Define the concept of grit;
  • Identify examples of grit;
  • Link a gritty attitude to perseverance and the achievement of their goals.

Xello Entry Point

The My Goals section of Xello lets students set and track personal, school, and even future job goals. Before they do that, you can use this lesson to make sure they understand the role of grit in achieving their goals.

Driving Question

Why is grit important?

Future-Ready Skills




Critical Thinking

Problem Solving

Work Ethic

Goal Setting

Lesson Breakdown

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10-15 minutes

Activity 1 - Who Is...?

The purpose of this activity is to tap into what students already know about historical figures who have demonstrated perseverance and grit in achieving their goals.


Activity 2 - Planet Grit

In this activity, students list characteristics and examples of grit, and rate themselves on their own grittiness.


Activity 3 - My Gritty Story

In this activity, students create a comic to tell the story of a time they feel they showed grit.


Exit Activity - Get Gritty

Students complete an exit ticket indicating their reaction to what they learned about being gritty and achieving their goals.

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