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Responsibility & Critical Thinking Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary
If you are having a hard time thinking of ways to teach your students about responsibility and critical thinking, feel free to use the lesson plans in this chapter. Utilize these lesson plans to ensure that your students come away from your class with all of the information they'll need to use their critical thinking skills. The topics covered in these lesson plans include:
- Problem solving strategies
- Definition and types of decision making
- How to make good choices
You can also find interactive video lessons that will go over information on each of these topics. These lessons can be used in your classroom as an additional study guide.
How It Helps
- Helpful strategies: Offers strategies that your students can use to solve problems in the future
- Comprehensive models: Provides your students with models that will be helpful for understanding decision making processes
- Useful quotes: Contains quotations that will allow your students to not only learn about the concept of responsibility, but improve their own sense of responsibility as well
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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning responsibility and critical thinking lessons easy.
- Find lesson plans for specific responsibility and critical thinking topics you want to cover in class.
- Formulate your life skills class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
- Share the related responsibility and critical thinking lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
- Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important responsibility and critical thinking concepts from the lessons.
- Engage your students with relevant responsibility and critical thinking-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.
1. Organizational Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School
What does it mean to be organized and why is it important for elementary school students? This lesson plan explains the benefits of organization to students through a guided discussion. An activity puts organizational strategies into practice.
2. Organizational Skills Lesson Plan
For teachers discussing organizational skills, this lesson plan explores suggestions to organize tangibly and intangibly. Students will participate in discussion questions and an activity.
3. How to Teach Time Management
In this lesson, we cover how to teach time management skills. We show how to teach the skill to children. We also explain methodologies for planning the day, working smarter, and not wasting hours in the day. We also explore social media and time management.
4. Problem Solving Lesson Plan
Problems come in all shapes and sizes, and so do solutions. Help your students learn different problem solving methods using this engaging video based lesson plan. Next, students define types of problems, then identify solutions using familiar text.
5. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies
We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.
6. Decision Making Lesson Plan
The ability to make decisions is an important skill for all students to have. Use this lesson plan to teach students about differing types, processes, and models they can use to make decisions, then apply the concepts to a real-life situation.
7. Decision Making: Definition & Types
How do you make decisions? When we talk about deciding between choices we can break the processes into types. This lesson will fill you in on the different ways to make decisions and give you a few examples of each.
8. Decision Making: Process & Models
Have you noticed that some groups seem to work very well together when making decisions, and others seem unable to make decisions? This lesson discusses the process of making group decisions and various models associated with making decisions.
9. Responsibility Lesson Plan
Teaching your students about responsibility? This lesson plan has students read (or listen to) a text lesson, define pertinent terms as a class, write personal narratives, and create responsibility posters.
10. Responsibility Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes
Are you a responsible person? What does it mean to be 'responsible?' Read on to find out about responsibility and consequences, and how you can learn to be more responsible.
11. Making Good Choices Lesson Plan
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.
12. Making Good Choices: Lesson for Kids
Even if you're a kid, life is full of choices and it's important to make the right ones. In this lesson, learn specific questions to ask yourself to make sure you're making choices that are kind, safe, healthy and will make others proud.
13. Relaxation Exercises for Children
Being able to relax is necessary for true concentration and good health. However, many people, especially children, aren't really sure how to effectively relax. These activities teach them how to do so in fun ways.
14. Breathing Exercises for Children
Help children learn important self-monitoring skills with this lesson. Several different exercises and activities are included that help teach children breathing techniques.
15. Mindfulness Exercises for Children
Children can benefit from learning how to be mindful, in the moment, and focus their thoughts. This lesson presents the benefits of mindfulness and offers several suggestions for using mindfulness exercises in the classroom.
16. Habits of Mind Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach your students the 16 habits of the mind. Students read the history of the habits, then learn about each habit in depth before applying their new-found knowledge to an activity.
17. What are the Habits of the Mind?
This lesson will teach you about the habits of the mind. No, these aren't cool nun outfits for your brain; they're mental behaviors that support an intelligent and thoughtful lifestyle. A brief quiz follows the lesson.
18. Teaching Organization Skills to Elementary Students
Being organized in school is as important as good study habits. This lesson provides teachers with ideas and tips for teaching organization skills to elementary school students.
19. Collaborative Problem Solving: Examples & Techniques
In this lesson, we will discuss strategies used in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). This process uses a variety of steps to solve a problem in a variety of situations, such as dealing with difficult children, mediation between two or more parties, and in contract negotiations.
20. Planning a Meal Lesson Plan
Do your students practice healthy eating habits? This lesson plan uses two informative video lessons to explain the importance of a healthy diet and a meaningful activity to empower students with a personal plan for healthy eating.
21. Healthy Diet Planning Guidelines: Nutrients & Food Groups
The USDA and Health and Human Services developed dietary guidelines for Americans that outline diet and lifestyle recommendations. Learn how these guidelines, along with the USDA food guides, can be used to help you develop a healthy eating plan in this video lesson.
22. How to Create a Healthy Eating Plan
Would you like to know what goes into creating a healthy eating plan? Learn how to evaluate your current food intake, find your nutritional needs, choose the right foods and assess your progress to create a plan that meets your nutritional needs.
23. Managing Impulsivity Lesson Plan
What is impulsivity and why is it usually considered a bad thing? This lesson plan uses a text lesson filled with facts about impulsivity, engages students in an ongoing discussion, and an activity geared toward analysis to answer this question for students.
24. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process
We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.
25. Self-Monitoring Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to teach your students about self-monitoring. Start by showing your class our video lesson that defines and explains the theory, then outlines research and gives examples. Weave in discussion questions before having students do an activity to apply concepts.
26. Self-Monitoring in Psychology: Definition, Theory & Examples
Self-monitoring is the ability to both observe and evaluate one's behavior. Learn more about the definition, importance, and process of self-monitoring and test your knowledge with a quiz.
27. How to Teach Children Organizational Skills
In this lesson we discuss how to teach beneficial organization skills to children, including the nascent use of technology and apps on the internet that can assist in the process.
28. Self-Discipline Lesson Plan for Elementary School
Explore the concept of self-discipline with your students using this lesson plan for guidance. A text lesson defines the term using simple examples, then students use active learning to deepen understanding.
29. Self-Discipline Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
Have you ever been in a jam because you waited until the last minute to do a big project for school? Self-discipline would have helped you out! In this lesson, you'll learn what self-discipline is and how it can help you in your life.
30. Reading a Bus Schedule Lesson Plan
Through this lesson plan, students learn to read a bus schedule and learn how to answer questions about a bus schedule. You can also integrate bus schedule activities into other subjects using extension activities.
31. Independent Activities for Kindergarten
All students benefit from the opportunity to show and practice independence. The activities in this lesson are specifically oriented toward enriching kindergartners' experiences of school.
32. Independent Activities for Elementary School
Helping students work toward independence is a big part of your job as an elementary school teacher. This lesson offers you some activities that your students can work on independently.
33. Critical Thinking Activities for Kids
Critical thinking is an essential skill for all learners. Applying Bloom's Taxonomy is a great way to develop activities that strengthen this skill. In this lesson, the taxonomy is applied to several activities that will encourage students to think critically.
34. Problem Solving Activities for Middle School
The activities offered here allow your middle school students to collaboratively solve problems. Students will create their own problems to solve as well as addressing classic mental riddles. Alternatives allow for adjustments based on skill level.
35. Physical Problem Solving Activities
Sometimes, problem solving goes better when students have a chance to get moving. These activities will help you engage in problem solving while getting some physical movement.
36. Social Problem Solving Activities for High School
High school students need to learn not only how to think creatively, but often how to do so in a social setting. These activities will help with problem-solving, communication, and social skills.
37. Verbal Problem Solving Activities
Do your students need to work on verbal problem-solving skills? These activities include both group and individual practice in using language that is helpful to work through problems. Try them with your elementary school or ELL students.
38. Hands On Problem Solving Activities
Problem-solving activities can be a lot of fun when students get to use their hands as well as their minds. These activities will give you some ideas to implement in your classroom.
39. Group Brainstorming Activities
Brainstorming in groups can be a great way to expose team members to new perspectives and ideas. These activities will give you several new options for implementing group brainstorming.
40. Interactive Brainstorming Activities
The goal of brainstorming is to generate ideas, but this can sometimes be hard if you're just sitting. These interactive ideas will get the mind and body working in different ways while brainstorming.
41. Brainstorming Activities for Middle School
Middle school students will practice multiple brainstorming techniques collaboratively. The activities offered here give students an opportunity to work together while learning how to conduct brainstorming exercises.
42. Brainstorming Activities for High School
Brainstorming can be a valuable skill for high-school students, regardless of their grade and skill level. These activity ideas will help you try new brainstorming strategies with your students.
43. Flexible Thinking Activities
Teaching flexibility to your elementary students can be a challenge. These activities will help you guide them as they learn that there is more than one way to achieve a goal, see things from a new perspective, and transition between tasks.
44. Decision Making Activities for Youth
Teaching middle and high school students about decision making strategies can benefit them throughout life. Use these activities to engage them in some helpful exercises to spur their thinking about making important decisions.
45. Empathy Activities for Middle School
Are you doing a unit on empathy with your middle school aged students? These activities will help your students better understand themselves and each other as they work collaboratively and actively.
46. Anti-Discrimination Activities
Using anti-discrimination activities to foster an inclusive environment with your students can be beneficial to the learning environment. Help your students understand, analyze, and fight back against discrimination.
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