Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- describe what makes a choice a 'good' one
- understand the potential impacts of some of their daily choices
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
- Begin the lesson with a short story of your day thus far. Talk about what choices you have made. These may include:
- The breakfast you ate.
- Did you read the news?
- Did you walk the dog? Feed the cat?
- Did you take public transit to school?
- What did you do once you got to school?
- Explain to students that you have already made many choices.
- Distribute the text lesson Making Good Choices: Lesson for Kids. As a class, read the introduction and first section (stopping before Is It Kind?).
- On a sheet of paper, ask students to conduct the same exercise that you just did aloud: Record the choices they have already made today. Ask them to be as specific as possible, and to even write down the choices they consider to be small ones.
- After a few minutes, read the section called 'Is It Kind?'.
- Pair students and have them discuss:
- Which of the choices that you've made so far today were kind? Why?
- Which choices were not kind? Why?
- Ask for student volunteers to share out what they discussed with their partner.
- Now read the 'Is It Safe?' section, following the same pattern of peer then whole-class discussion with the following:
- Which choices on your list were safe?
- Did you make any choices today that were potentially unsafe? Why?
- Follow this same pattern with the 'Is It Healthy?' section. Discuss:
- Which choices that you've made so far today were healthy? Which were not?
- How can we decide ahead of time whether our choices are healthy ones?
- Finish up the discussion pattern with the 'Would It Make People Proud?' section.
- Have you made anyone proud with your choices today?
- Can you think of a time you made a decision that would not have made someone proud?
- Explain to students that you understand that their daily choices can be a sensitive issue. After all, nobody wants to tell the class about a time they made a choice that wouldn't make someone proud! Explain to them that they will now write a reflection that will only be read by you, the teacher.
- Write the following writing prompt on the board and give students some time to construct a response:
- List 3 major choices you have made in the last week (bigger than just what to eat or what to wear). Explain how each of these choices either met or did not meet the requirements of being kind, safe, and healthy, and whether it would make people proud. Also, write about what might have happened if you made the opposite choice in each situation.
- Students' writing can be turned in, or they can simply keep it. You can have them pull it out at a later date to reflect on their choices further.
- As an exit ticket, students can complete the associated quiz.
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