Learners experience an opportunity to practice self-discipline, and they compare and contrast discipline and self-discipline.
One 20-minute lesson
The learner will:
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to generationon.org.
Individually wrapped chocolate candies, enough for two for each student (ex. chocolate "Kisses")
Note: Be sure to have an alternative for students who have food allergies or limitations.
Before students enter the room, place one piece of chocolate candy on each desk. As soon as the students arrive, ask them to unwrap the candy. Tell them that they have a choice: they may eat the candy immediately, or they may leave the uneaten candy on their desks until the end of the class period, in which case they will receive a second piece of candy.
Teacher Note: If the candy on student desks might be a temptation to other students, instruct the class to rewrap and take their piece of candy with them when they form groups. "Resisting temptation" could also be included in the experiment discussion at the end of this lesson.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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