This activity explores the concepts of "choices" and "consequences".
- Milo and the Shiny Stones, by Marcus Pfister; ISBN 1-55858-682-2
- The Red Racer, by Audrey Wood; ISBN 0689826826
Background for Teachers
Teachers should be prepared to discuss daily choices and their
consequences. Teachers should be sensitive to family diversity and
cultural backgrounds. Children should have an understanding of what a
Intended Learning Outcomes
2. Develop social skills and ethical responsibility.
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors.
Invitation to Learn
Show class the book The Red Racer by Audrey Wood. Have students
predict what might happen in the story. If you wanted a new bike, what
could you do to get it? Read story.
- Make a chart showing the choices and consequences that
happened in the story. Discuss how the ending of the story could
have been different if Nona had made different choices.
- As a shared writing activity or interactively, make a list of
possible choices that students have each day.
- Choose one of the items given by the students as a choice in
- Use a cube that has "right choice" and "wrong choice" written
on it and roll the cube.
- Have a student describe what they think the right or wrong
choice is and then a consequence.
- Students will make their own cube to practice choice and
- Pass out School Choices Worksheet.
- Working with a partner, students will practice picking a
situation, rolling the cube, and telling each other whether it is
a right/wrong choice and the consequence.
- Students will demonstrate their learning in their Create-A-Log by
choosing a Create-A-Log Coupons and making the appropriate
Write a story where the main character has to make a choice and deal
with the consequence. It could be a story that has two endings, depending
on the choice. Adapt for emergent learners by allowing them to make a
picture story instead of a written one.
- Send a blank Home Choices worksheet (similar to the School Choices worksheet) home with students. Have
them decide as a family some situations where choices must be
made at home. These could be returned to discuss at school.
- Let children take their "choice" cube home to practice with their
- Have students write a "choice/consequence" story at home about
a family decision.
- Assess Create-A-Log.
- Take notes during class discussions regarding who understands
the idea of making a choice and receiving the consequence.
- Observe as students practice activity with partner.
- Use a rubric to assess written stories.