Intro – 3rd Grade – Ruby

Intro to Resiliency

In lesson 1, students will review the definitions of Resiliency, positive and negative, be re-introduced to Ruby and gain a better understanding of the idea that they will have better days when they are resilient.
In lesson 2, students will practice resiliency skills while participating in an activity where success is measured in perseverance.
In lesson 3, students will incorporate their understanding of Resiliency into an entry in their Career Journals, as it relates to their future work.
Students will develop self confidence in their ability to succeed and be resilient in their lives by:

  • demonstrating perseverance to achieve long and short term goals
  • learning to overcome barriers in relationships and in learning
  • practicing personal safety skills
  • managing change and taking responsibility
  • demonstrating effective coping skills when faced with a problem

Resiliency: the ability to bounce back from hard times
Positive: a good or useful quality
Negative: harmful, bad or not desirable 

  1. Using the Project TEAM House Guide, draw the PT house, indicating Window #2.
  2. Review the definition of Resiliency.
  3. Re-introduce Ruby and discuss her abilities to be resilient. Talk about Ruby being in a wheelchair and how things that come easily for some of us like climb stairs or walk up a hill, can be challenging for Ruby. Make sure to reiterate that Ruby never complains and always does her best.
  4. Discuss Ruby’s bouncy ball and the importance of bouncing back when things are hard.
  5. Review the definitions of positive and negative.
  6. Say to the students, “Imagine you are a Coach and your team has just lost a big game. Your next game is the game that determines whether you will make the playoffs. Using what you know about being a resilient, positive thinker, what would you say to your team?”
  7. Allow time for a few responses.
  8. Ask the class if they think Ruby is positive or negative thinker. They should now understand that Ruby is a positive thinker.
  9. Explain to students that you will be telling the story of Nick Negative and Ruby Resiliency. (Use the Teaching the Foundation Guide for additional details and examples of things to say to the students). 
  10. Select 5 students to act out the characters in front of the class. You will need a narrator, Ruby, Nick, Grandmother, and Grandfather.
  11. Students will read their parts for the class.
  12. Discuss the story. Make sure to discuss how both main characters had such different days and get their thoughts on why Ruby was able to have a better day, even though she faced the same unfortunate events as Nick Negative.

.Making Foundation Connections

  1. How could you Help Others to be resilient when they are having a hard day?
  2. What kind of Positive Changes might Nick Negative need to make to be more resilient?
  3. How can Anti-Bullying help you to be resilient?
  4. How might you use Problem Solving when you are being resilient?


15 minutes


15 minutes



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