PCY 5th – Time to Make A Good Decision

I spent Thursday at PCY talking with the 5th Grade about making good decisions. At the beginning of the class the kids broke up into groups and played a decision-making game. There are 12 scenario cards (an example is pictured above); the kids take turns reading the cards and then they reveal their answers Rock, Paper, Scissors style with the Yes, No and Maybe cards. Some of the kids worked outside because the class room got awfully noisy with them all talking at once.

Some of the themes and topics we covered include:

You have a chance to cheat; what do you do?

A friend tells you a secret; do you tell?

You find a wallet with money and an ID; do you try to return it?

Your mom tells you to do your homework and read for a specific amount of time, but you want to watch TV; do you obey mom’s orders?

You see a student doing something dangerous at school; do you tell a teacher?

You break something at your friend’s house and they get blamed; do you speak up?

The kids really got into it, and we finished the class by talking about some of the scenarios as a group. I emphasized that our decisions shape who we are and how others see us; I want the kids to understand that having integrity and doing the right thing is a habit that needs to be ingrained just like brushing your teeth and eating healthy.

Almost all 5th graders have a good handle on what is right and what is wrong when it comes to these types of decisions. However, kids that age (and sometimes adults too) would rather come up with elaborate reasons to justify doing what’s wrong instead of just keeping it simple, and doing what’s right.

A student movement is afoot at PCY
A PCY student movement is afoot … 

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