Extension Activities

Responsible Decision Making | Grades 6-8

Learning Goal 2: Applies and evaluates decision-making skills to engage in a variety of situations.

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Benchmark 1: Identify and apply the steps of systematic decision-making, using creativity and innovation.

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  • Ask students to use creative art expression to identify an area of decision-making.

  • Ask students to respond to journal prompt that asks them to identify a time they have applied the decision-making formula and how it worked.

Benchmark 2: Gather additional information from multiple sources to generate alternative solutions.

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  • Students complete a project where they actively seek outside sources of information to inform decision-making.

  • Routinely encourage students to explore and research the likely outcomes of any choice, anytime they face a choice or decision.

Benchmark 3: Discuss alternatives in relation to multiple contextual factors.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Routinely encourage students to explore and research the likely outcomes of any choice, anytime they face a choice or decision.

  • Give students authentic feedback that helps connect their good decisions to positive consequences for their learning, the classroom community, etc.

Benchmark 4: Analyze how decision- making skills affect study habits and academic performance.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Create, agree to, and help students understand logical consequences, discussing them frequently.

  • Routinely encourage students to think about and discuss how decision-making affects their academic performance and study habits.