Looking for a way to explain conscience to children? Try one of these three conscience activities that offer an interactive way to see how a conscience works like a super computer. Huh? Read on... it's a simple way to break down a big concept about conscience into simpler ideas kids can grasp.
A conscience is kind of like a super computer where you input information, the computer analyzes that info, and then outputs an answer. It works like this:
Here's a simple example of how we put information into our conscience and get an answer back about whether it's a good, moral choice:
It's a little old-fashioned, but this comparison helps children understand how they think about whether a choice will be moral, and how their body helps them to feel the difference between right and wrong.
Help children understand what a conscience is with these three activities built around the idea of how a conscience is like a super computer. From a simple worksheet to an interactive 3-D model, these activities help kids make the connection about listening to their hearts and minds to make choices with good values. Choose from:
In the What is Conscience Worksheet, students check off whether an action is the right or wrong thing to do. Print the PDF or fillable fields can be completed online for remote learning.
For a complete SEL or Character Ed lesson, see the conscience lesson plan with vocabulary and teaching notes.
Expanding on the concepts in our worksheet, students cut and paste to create a paper-based Conscience 3000-S and then compare inputs and paste outputs.Conscience Activity
Follow easy instructions to build a full-size Conscience 3000-S. Print a PDF with all the labels as well as inputs and outputs. All you need to provide is a box, some decorations, and a sense of adventure.
Students can act out inputting actions into the Conscience 3000-S, processing (beeping noises make this even better), and deciding on whether the action is right or wrong.