Lesson Plan


In this lesson, students will define and discuss the word "determination" through song and play.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define the word "determination" and discuss ways they may use determination in their life.


(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask, "Does anyone remember the song 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider?'"
  • Ask, "What happened after the spider would fall?"
  • Explain that the song ends with a very brave and determined spider!
  • Play the "Itsy Bitsy Spider Song for Kids About Determination!" video.
  • After the video, ask students, "Even though the spider failed a few times, what did she still do?"
  • Write the word "determination" on the board.
  • Ask, "What is determination? How was the spider determined?"
  • Write the definition of determination on the board: "to move with purpose and courage." Include a picture of the successful spider at the top of the wall. Spend time unpacking what "courage" and "purpose" mean using language like, "try hard," "focus," and "not giving up." Offer examples of determination from your own life.