Decision-Making

GRADES K-2

Learning Goal

Students will learn how to make a responsible decision. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Understand the steps to making a responsible decision
  • Practice the decision-making steps

Learning Summary

In a given day, a person makes thousands of decisions—especially a teacher! Research that shows teachers make about 1,500 decisions during a six-hour school day. That’s more decisions per minute than a brain surgeon!

This lesson introduces students to four decision-making steps. The lesson starts with a mindful moment in which students learn to breathe like a hibernating bear. A Munchy and Jumpy story then walk students through a poor decision that Jumpy makes and a double-day in which she is able to calm down and make a smarter decision. Following the story, you will guide your students through four steps to thoughtfully making a decision. Students end by drawing themselves making decisions (hopefully including some of the steps they learned) in their journals.

CASEL Competencies

Decision-making: The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.