Making informed decisions

Lesson

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we make decisions. As we live in this fast world, with so many options we need to develop our young people’s critical thinking.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem of food. The problem is so large that she takes some time to sit in the old oak tree to think about where to start. She eventually decides that the problem is too big for one person so she calls for help from her friends. That was the right decision for her.

Lesson plan

As a group, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where George is sitting in the old oak tree and give the students time to absorb the concept.

Class discussion:

Why did George go to sit in the old oak tree?

What can we imagine she is thinking?

Ask your students to think about what they would do if the Prime Minister asked them to solve such a big problem. Get them to share, prompt them with the following (there are no right or wrong answers, it’s about your students getting to know how to make decisions in a way that is best for them).

Are they someone who would prefer

  • To sit in a tree?
  • To sit at their desk and write notes or draw diagrams?
  • To talk to other people?
  • To lie on their bed?
  • To try out a few models with leggo or something like leggo?

Individual task:

Ask your students to create a drawing of themselves making a decision if they were in a situation like the one George was faced with.

At the end of the class ask the students to describe the drawing as they pin them up around the room.

(This concept can be revisited whenever students are asked to make decisions. Keep in mind that some will change their strategy to try out different ways).

Family activity

Book “George and the problem of food”

Concept:

Thinking about how we make decisions. As we live in this fast world, with so many options we need to develop our young people’s critical thinking.

In the story, “George and the problem of food”, George is alerted to the problem of food. The problem is so large that she takes some time to sit in the old oak tree to think about where to start. She eventually decides that the problem is too big for one person so she calls for help from her friends. That was the right decision for her.

Family activity

As a family, read George and the problem of food

Go back to the page where George is sitting in the old oak tree and give the students time to absorb the concept.

Family discussion:

Why did George go to sit in the old oak tree?

What can we imagine she is thinking?

Ask your young people to think about what they would do if the Prime Minister asked them to solve such a big problem. Get them to share, prompt them with the following (there are no right or wrong answers, it’s about your young people getting to know how to make decisions in a way that is best for them).

Are they someone who would prefer

  • To sit in a tree?
  • To sit at their desk and write notes or draw diagrams?
  • To talk to other people?
  • To lie on their bed?
  • To try out a few models with leggo or something like leggo?

Next time your young person needs to make a decision (eg do they go to a friend’s house to play or do they watch their sibling perform in a concert? Do they begin music lessons, or do they take up a sport?)

Suggest some of the strategies above to support them in making the decision.

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