Character Ed / SEL worksheet for grades K-4
-- printable PDF or use fillable fields for remote learning
Teach children how their conscience helps them judge whether their actions are in line with what they know is right and wrong.
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This activity is based on the book, "Be Proud?" where a wise old tree teaches a young boy that when he does something he knows he's not supposed to (in this case sneaking off to play his game player when mom told him not to), his conscience is there to remind him to make better choices. By listening to his heart and mind, he can know whether he is making a good choice.
See the conscience lesson plan for full teaching points.
Good choices are usually ones that are in line with good traits, like honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness. (Good traits are core values a society believes will help people get along well and live healthier lives together.)
When you do something good or right, how does it feel? Is your heart glowy, do you feel proud? How does it feel when you do something you know you aren't supposed to? Does your heart feel twisty? Do you feel worried or anxious?
What if no one else knows you did something kind or honest or respectful? Do you still feel good? Yes! You feel good in your heart that you made a good choice (which leads to self-esteem and self-respect.)
What if you do something you aren't supposed to but no one knows? Do you still feel kind of bad? Yes. That's your conscience reminding you that it feels better to make right choices.
In this worksheet, students see how a conscience is kind of like a super computer that works with your heart and mind to tell you whether a choice is right or wrong / good or bad.
For various actions, students write (or type an X in the fillable field) to show whether a suggested action feels right or wrong.