Introductory Activity – Making Choices Pictures
- Materials: pictures from magazines or found online that show people in different situations; paper and pencils
Display pictures of different situations. Guide kids to look at one of the pictures and write or draw choices they would make in the depicted situation. You can give each kid a picture or display pictures around the room and assign a group of kids to each picture. Talk about the choices kids wrote/drew. Tell kids that today they will think about the choices they make.
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Game – Button Golf
- Materials: 9 small paper plates, buttons (2 per team), permanent marker
Number the plates 1-9. Scatter the plates on the floor in the play area.
Group the kids into 2 (or more) teams. Guide players from each team to try and flip the buttons onto plate 1. Kids flip the buttons by laying one button on the floor near the plate and pressing the edge of the second button on the first button to make it flip in the air. When a team flips the button on the plate, ask that team a review question. If the team answers correctly, the team moves to plate 2. Players on each team should take turns trying to flip the buttons on the plates. Continue moving through the course. The first team to flip a button onto plate 9 and correctly answer a question is the winning team.
Teacher Tip: To lengthen the game, add more plates or tell teams to move through the course and back.
Craft – Choice Coin
- Materials: heavyweight paper, scissors, thin markers or colored pens and pencils
Guide kids to cut out circles from the heavyweight paper. They can print the Life Point on one side of the circle and the Life Verse on the other side of the coin. Encourage them to add other designs as they choose. Talk about making responsible choices. Tell kids to use their “coins” as reminders when they need to choose. They can carry the coins in their pockets or backpacks.
Introductory Activity – Would You?
- Materials: signs Yes, No, Maybe; tape
Tape the signs in three different areas of the room. (Print the words on paper to create simple signs). Ask kids simple questions and tell them to move to the sign that represents their answers. Sample questions: Would you eat hot peppers? Would you ride in a hot air balloon? Would you turn in a wallet with money that you found in the school hallway? Would you go bungee jumping? Would you walk to school from your house? Would you copy a friend’s homework? Would you work in a food bank with your family stacking food on the shelves? Would you ask a new kid to play a game with you?
Pause after each question for kids to move to their answers. Talk about the choices as you choose. Tell kids that today you will think about the choices that people make.
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Game – Letters Relay
- Materials: paper pieces or index cards, marker, gift bags (one per team)
On paper pieces or index cards, print the words of the Life Point in letter groups. For example, print these groups on different cards: PEO PLEA RERE SPO NSIB ELF ORTH ECH OICE STH ATTH EYM AKE. Make a set of cards for each team that will play the game. Mix each team’s cards and place in a gift bag. Set the bags at one end of the play area.
Group kids into two (or more) teams. Ask teams to line up, facing the bags. On your signal, players run to their teams’ bags, pull a card, and run back to the team. As cards are retrieved, teams try to arrange the cards to spell out the Life Point. Tell kids that there are no spaces between words of the sentence they are making. Teams should continue to work until they have retrieved all cards and assembled the cards in the correct order. Talk about choices kids should make.
Craft – Bag Tag Reminder
- Materials: heavyweight paper, scissors, gel pens, hole punch, plastic lacing, clear contact plastic
Invite kids to use the materials to create bag tags for their backpacks. Tell kids to cut a shape from the paper. Lead them to print the Life Point on the tags. You may want to suggest they print a modified version to personalize it: I am responsible for the choices I make. They can use the pens to add other details and cover the designs with clear contact plastic. They can punch holes to tie plastic lacing through the tags and hang these on their bags. If they choose, they could punch several holes along the sides of the tags and weave the lacing through the holes before making the ties for the bag tag. Talk about choices kids should make.