Grade Levels: K-3

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP Jr. topic Determination, and supports students in persevering through challenges. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Ask students:

  • What is something you want to try for the first time?
  • What is something you are already good at? How did you get good at it?


  • Play the Determination movie.  
  • Click the pause button each time a question appears in Annie’s Notebook and discuss it as a class. Then play to see how Annie answers it. 

TIP: The pause button turns red to remind you to pause. 

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Students take the Easy Quiz or Hard Quiz, demonstrating what they learned about the topic while applying essential literacy skills.


Students express what they learned about determination while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student or grade-level needs.

  • Draw About It: Draw a picture of someone who worked hard to overcome challenges and reach a goal.
  • Activity: Set a goal and make a plan to reach it. Check each step as you complete it.
  • Talk About It: Write ideas for what you can say to yourself when something feels too hard to do.
  • Write About It: President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Explain what this quote means to you.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments