Character Education Objective:

  • Students will discuss, based their experience, the impact of messes on their lives, minds, and community.

Content Goal

  •  Students will explore ways to demonstrate responsibility by cleaning and organizing their space.

Language Goal:

  • Students will share ideas about ways to clean and organize their lives to demonstrate they are responsible citizens of their school, home, and community.

April showers bring May flowers. Spring cleaning and a transition into the coming months of summer is a great opportunity to help students recognize opportunities to show responsibility by cleaning their home, school, and community. Students can demonstrate they are responsible by finding places to clean. 


Stand next to the image that best represents your level of clean. (5 minutes).
(Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4, Picture 5, Picture 6)

  • In your bedroom
  • In your locker
  • In your school
  • In your car (HS) 
  • In your mind

Discuss 1 or 2 with an elbow partner (3 minutes)

  • How does clutter and being messy cause problems in people‚Äôs lives?
  • How have you struggled with clutter in your mind, home, locker, and life throughout this year?
  • Rate yourself from 1 (low) to 5 (high) on being responsible and caring for the spaces in your life?

Discuss whole group (3 minutes)

  • What does it mean to be responsible? 
  • How can being cluttered or having a messy room/locker/backpack or mind show your level of responsibility?

Productive Group Work (7 minutes)
Students read and discuss the Psychology of a Messy Room article. 


  • How does disorganization or messy spaces make you feel?
  • What does the article say about the psychology of a messy room?
  • How can we be more responsible by decluttering/cleaning?
  • What is one space you are going to clean this week/month?

Family Connection 

  • Tech Support 
    • Create a chore list in COZI or on a shared note or Google Drive document
  • Pillar Time 
    • Create a chore list as a family and post it in a prominent place
    • Go through any storage items and determine if you have used it in the last year, and donate it if not
    • Pick up garbage in the neighborhood as a family 
  • Dinner Discussion 
    • What does it mean to be responsible in your family?
    • What is one space in your life that needs to be cleaned?
    • How does keeping an area clean and organized show you are responsible?

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Responsibility Through Chores (Grades 6-12)