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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.

Purpose:
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. 

Lesson:

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. 

https://www.verywellmind.com/psychology-of-a-messy-room-4171244

  • 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)