Resources for Effort

Resources for EFFORT

Level 1: Pre K – 4th
Level 2: 5th – 12th

Below are a sampling of the resource materials that may be used to identify and evaluate the use of the life principle of Effort. It is suggested that evidence of this life principle or the lack of it may be found in almost any writing, video, etc. It is recommended for learners to be engaged in a continuous search for life principle connections as part of the critical reading process. 

 •Tool for Evaluating Media: ‘Hand’y Curriculum Connections Page One, Page Two


“The Climb” Song Lyrics
The Climb (Hannah Montana) with lyrics 4:00 min. 

 The Climb video with lyrics 

The Climb - Live Final Joe McElderry 5:16 min. 

Level 1:
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Song

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Song



All By Myself by Mercer Mayer All the many things a young child can do independently are demonstrated, (tying shoes, riding bike, kicking ball), but there is one thing one cannot do alone. 

"Sink or Swim" by Suzanne Bloom

"I Just Forgot!" ! By Mercer Mayer
Little Critter series, a book about finishing what you start.

"The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" by Philomen Sturges (Author) ,Amy Walrod 

"The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza"     Video: 2:26 min


2nd – 5th

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto - It is one of the worst storms ever - the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope.
Balto - Documentary and Making of Movie 26:47 min.

Balto's Life: A Tribute to Balto 4:20 min. video 

Lesson plans:
"The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" Lesson Plan by Scholastic with Activities by Jeremy Brunaccioni

"The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" Lesson Plan by Bright Hub Education


Level 2 - MS/HS

"Sarah, Plain and Tall"  by Patricia MacLachlan

"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

"Island of the Blue Dolphin" by Scott O’Dell

Yu the Great (Graphic Myths and Legends Graphic Novel (Comic form)
The Legend of Yu the Great video 2:15 min. 
Yu the Great wikipedia 



Inspirational Video on Working Hard - Michael Jordan 1:02 min. 


Level 1,2

"Understanding Talent" 2:12 min. Message: Find something that you love and that suits you. Everyone develops at different rates. Hard work is the path forward.