Making Good Choices Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to help your students think about the choices they make in their everyday lives. Students will read a text lesson, reflect on their daily choices, discuss their choices with peers, and write about potential outcomes of their choices.

Learning Objectives

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

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1.D

Explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

Instructions

  • 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?

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