Extension Activities

Responsible Decision Making | Grades K-3

Learning Goal 1: Considers ethical standards, social and community norms and safety concerns in making decisions.

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Benchmark 1: Identify and follow shared bus, classroom and school norms.

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Take it further — integrate!

As a class, develop simple, positively stated rules. Create a visual reminder for students, e.g., walk don’t run in the hall; raise your hand to speak; one person speaks at a time. Post the rules in high-traffic areas in school.

Benchmark 2: Identify and illustrate safe and unsafe behaviors.

Take it further — integrate!

Teach “safe” and “unsafe” as vocabulary words. Ask students to work together as a class to decide if a list of behaviors are “safe” or “unsafe” (e.g., riding on a bike path while wearing a helmet; riding in a car without wearing a seatbelt; walking close to the edge of a cliff; crossing the street at a crosswalk while holding an adult’s hand).

Benchmark 3: Understand that decisions can have positive and negative effects on themselves and others.

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Take it further — integrate!

  • Play a game of night at the museum, where students pretend to be statues in a museum. They don’t want to be “caught” moving by the janitor’s flashlight. Debrief with questions regarding decisions made by players so they were not “caught.”

  • Use story time to discuss how characters made decisions, and how their decisions effected themselves and others.

  • In social studies, read biographies of leaders, and discuss their decisions and the effects of the decisions on others.