How do children make good decisions when they do not consider alternatives or consequences? In this lesson, third, fourth and fifth grade students help Alan with his choices and, in so doing, learn steps to healthy decision making. Students are actively engaged through games, class-generated ground rules, working in teams, and participating in interactive activities. In addition, activities are customized to meet the learning needs of third, fourth, and fifth graders. At the end of the lesson, students should have learned to think ahead, consider alternatives and apply them before making a decision.
The lesson includes:
*Activity Steps: Game directions, ground rule instructions, story review, team divisions and instructions, vocabulary review with crossword puzzle, additional story review and introduction to alternatives, Think Ahead Method with game, discussion and final discussion questions. At least 3 hours of activities!
*Original Story: Alan Alotablunders’ Options
*Handouts: Alan’s Decision Form and Answer Key, Alan Alotablunders’ Crossword Puzzle, Answer Key, vocabulary word list, and instructions for creating poster size crossword puzzle, Alan’s Day—Think Ahead Handout and Answer Key (customized for Third, Fourth, Fifth grades), Possible Consequence Cards and Alternative Cards, customized for individual grades), Alan’s Situation Signs
*Key words: thoughtful, respect, listen, teams, snap judgment, decision, alternatives, consequences, questioning strategies, think ahead, choice, option
*Important Note: Alan Alotablunders’ Options (the story used in this lesson) is used in the Decision Making for Kids Third Grade Lessons, Lesson 5 (Alan Alotablunders and Deciding Among Alternatives). If you have purchased the DMK Third Grade Lessons, you already have the story used in this lesson.
*No access to color printing? No problem! Grayscale copies are included in this lesson at no extra cost to you. We understand the cost of color and the hassle of some printer settings so we have made it easy. Grayscale (black and white) copies are located at the end of the lesson.