Character Ed / SEL Lesson Plan for grades K-4
Using a prepared PowerPoint / Google Slides Presentation, students will understand the following:
K - 4
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Responsibility- Being responsible, or acting with responsibility, means you do the things you are supposed to do and you accept the consequences of your actions.
Follow the presentation with the following talking points:
There are different ways we use the word responsibility, including Be responsible, Take responsibility, It’s your responsibility, Act responsibly. What are some other ways students hear the word “Responsible” used?
All of these ways of talking about responsibility are related to doing the things we are supposed to do,or doing the things we are responsible for.
Explain what a responsibility is- it’s something you are expected to do.
Responsibilities can be tasks, or jobs, that you are supposed to do. It’s a responsibility because there is a result or outcome you are working toward. If you don’t do the task, there is a negative result.
Responsibilities can have to do with how we act / behave around others. We are expected to act a certain way (be responsible in how we act) because if we don’t there may be a negative outcome.
Discuss some tasks and behavior expectations and the positive or negative consequences of being responsible or irresponsible. For example:
Walk through the examples of being responsible. Compare what a responsible action is and its positive outcome (on the left) with the irresponsible action and its negative consequence (on the right.)
Being responsible is about linking actions with their consequences. One way to understand why responsibility is important is to consider what would happen if people were not responsible. For example:
Being responsible feels better than being irresponsible, in the long run. Sometimes it’s hard to do the right, or responsible, thing in the moment. It can be tempting to do what you want to do instead of what you need to do. But long term, actions have consequences. Being responsible gets you the result you want. Irresponsible decisions lead to negative consequences that are no fun. When it’s hard to do the responsible thing, think about how it will feel later when you have to pay for the consequences of your actions. When you’re a kid, it may not seem like that big of a deal. As you get older, the choices and the consequences become more significant.
Restate what responsibility is and discuss why it is important for a society.
Try the What is Responsibility Worksheet to reinforce lessons from this presentation.