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Build on the excitement created by The NED Show and use our free lesson plans to reinforce the messages of the assembly!

K-6 Lesson Plans


BOOKS with corresponding activities

WRITING PROMPTS - Short, Scenario & Audio Prompts


• Building Background VIDEO lesson plans

• Includes RESOURCE GUIDE of recommended books

THEMES: Building Relationships, Preventing Bullying

  (Coming soon: Academic Achievement and Goal Setting)

These lesson plans were created BY teachers FOR teachers. A special note of appreciation to teachers at the Indian Prairie District 204 in Naperville, Illinois and at Turtle Creek Elementary School in Delavan, Wisconsin. We value our teachers - your jobs are hard and we hope to make them a bit easier by providing free resources.

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Aligned to Common Standards    K-6 Lessons & Activities






These seven book-based lesson plans elaborate on the first letter of NED's name.


Every Lesson includes:

  • key vocabulary and trick phrasing
  • background information when needed.
  • discussion starters
  • engaging writing prompts
  • activities


Key Themes:

  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Learning from Mistakes
  • Problem Solving
  • Taking Risks

Bulletin Board Kit


Make it a NEVER GIVE UP WEEK at school! Read an announcement every day of the week to reinforce the theme. Announcements can be made by the principal, the counselor or students!


Aligned to Common Standards    K-6 Lessons, Activities, Video Lessons

Key Achieving Excellence topics include:


• Never Give Up

• Encourage Others

• Do Your Best

• Effort

• Personal Best

• Practice

• Overcoming Obstacles

• The Rewards of Working Hard

• Exceeding Expectations





Meet professionals who embody the NED messages and describe the steps they took to achieve excellence in their careers. These personal stories are a fun and effective way to inspire excellence in your students! Video Lessons include writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

Excellent Work! How Anna Banana

Freeze Became a Breakdancer


Excellent Work! How Molly Moon Achieved the Ice Cream Dream

Excellent Work! Mark and Colleen’s Road Map to PopCap

Anna’s story of passion and effort demonstrates the rewards that come with always doing your best.


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Molly accomplished something big through working hard and believing in herself.


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Mark and Colleen credit their career success to sticking with challenges and never settling for “just good enough.”


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Aligned to Common Standards     K-6 Lessons, Activities, Video Lesson

Key Preventing Bullying topics include:


• Never Give Up on helping your school to be safe

• Encourage Others to be upstanders with you

• Do Your Best with the upstanding ways you can use to stop bullying at your school

• Standing up to Bullying

• Creative Problem Solving

• Welcoming All People

• Tattling vs Telling

• Confidence

Resource Guide includes overview of book titles, printables and CCSS.



You Can Be an Upstander - Lesson Plan Video

In this animated 4 minute video, NED demonstrates what it takes to go from being a bystander to an upstander. Students will have fun learning how to stand up to bullying with these four out-of-this-world actions: 1) Be a Buddy 2) Interrupt 3) Speak out 4) Tell someone!

'You Can Be an Upstander' Video Lesson includes writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

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Key Building Relationship topics include:


• Never Give Up  Perseverance & Focus

• Encourage Others Kindness & Shared Learning

• Do Your Best Diligence & Excellence

• Family and Friends

• Respect for Self and Others

• Dealing with Change

• Developing Skills

Aligned to Common Standards     K-5 Lessons, Activities, Video Lesson

Resource Guide includes overview of book titles, printables and CCSS.

'Friendship Soup - Lesson Plan Video

If friendship were a soup, what ingredients would be in it?

In this whimsical 3 minute video, friends describe what ingredients are necessary to create ‘friendship soup.’


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Friendship Soup' Video Lesson includes writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

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Acronym for NED - Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best
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