Note: Steps 1 and 2 (where the video is viewed and
discussed) are a prerequisite for the other lesson activities,
but those other activities can be done individually as needed.
As a class, brainstorm the meaning of "value" and then view
the video "Acting on Your Values" from Bureau for At-Risk
After viewing video, discuss with students their values,
and how their values affect the decisions they make. Make
a list of values identified by students on chart or board.
Option A: Read enclosed
story to the class about "The Wallet". Have students imagine
that they are in that situation while you are reading. Discuss
Option B: Individually
or in small groups, have students fill in an outline picture
of a house with the values they feel are important. Share
Option C: Individually
or in small groups, using image of a large tree, have students
draw tree and fill in values that are important to them.
Share with class.
Display enclosed Values Chart and discuss with students.
Read several of the enclosed selections to the class, or
use pertinent newspaper articles which deal with values.
Elicit discussion about each of the selections: What are
the values dealt with in the story? How do those values
affect the decisions of the characters in the story? Allow
students to identify vocabulary words they desire to learn
from the selections and discussions. Write words on chalkboard.
Individually or in groups:
Part A: Students learn
chosen vocabulary words by looking them up in the dictionary,
then use the words in sentences.
Part B: Students read
selections about values from materials provided, sharing
reactions and finding relation of values to decisions.
Part C: Students find
and read newspaper articles which relate to values and share
reactions, finding relation of values to decisions.
Part D: Students play
enclosed "Choices Game."
Selecting a story which they have read, individuals or groups
choose one (or several) of the following to do:
A. Develop a song based on the values dealt with in the
B. Make a collage depicting values in the story.
C. Draw a picture depicting values in the story.
D. One person reads aloud a story about values while other
students draw pictures in response to the reading.
E. Role-play a values situation.
F. Develop a play based on the chosen story.
G. Develop a dance based on the selected story.
H. Develop a game called "Find the Hidden Value," using
values dealt with in the story.
One group or individual shares creation with another, receiving
feedback, then students refine their creations through group
Groups and individuals share final products with entire
Student self-assessment of the entire set of activities.