GRIT and Growth Mindset are the hot topics in the classroom at the moment and for very good reason. However, most products, blog posts, and resources only discuss what it is, what it looks like, and the importance of it. This activity as well as the other GRIT challenges allow you to explicitly teach it. These activities are designed to make the students struggle, fail, and to experience the depths of the learning pit. By doing so you are able to pin point those emotions, and thoughts, and capitalize on them. There is not a better, nor safer place to experience and learn from failure than in the classroom.
I introduce this activity the first week of school, and continue throughout the year. A tough activity is the perfect discussion starter as to why it is so important we facilitate a growth mindset and know what GRIT is.
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- The Nitty Gritty Triangle Activity 1
- The Nitty Gritty Tangle Activity 2
- The Nitty Gritty Puzzler Activity 3
- The Nitty Gritty Confuzzler Activity 4
- The Nitty Gritty Scribbler Activity 5
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This product includes Grit Challenge #4: The Nitty Gritty Confuzzler
Students will complete 4 different word puzzles that include: Rebuses, (Rebus), anagrams, pangrams, brain teasers, matchstick, logic puzzles and more!
My favorite part of this product is the reflection sheet. Students identify an emotion on the learning pit that best illustrates where they were before the activity ended. This activity requires a minimum of 30 minutes per sheet. By no means will a student finish the entire page, however if you are short on time this will allow enough time for students to get the jist. ****I love to assign these over the course of a week- 2 weeks. Allowing students time to really sit and think about them and work on when appropriate. Remember grit is something that is done long term, not immediate gratification.
ANSWER KEY is included!
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