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What is a conscience?

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Topic: What is a conscience?

Learning Outcomes

  • To know what a conscience is.
  • To develop empathy.
  • To understand right from wrong.

 

Introduction

  • Stimulus: YouTube Link (Conscience Alley video)
  • Higher and Lower order questioning about the video.
  • Prior Knowledge – relate questions to life experiences/situations .
  • Use of WALT and WILF to share the intended learning outcomes of today’s lesson.

Development

  • Write a situation on the board – Your in the middle of reaching a high score on the video game. Your dad tells you to turn off the video game and do your homework. You pretend you don’t hear him. Would you listen to him or go against him?
  • Inform the students of the situation and discuss with the class – What do they think? For or against?
  • The class will be divided into groups of for and against.
  • The class teacher picks a student to walk down the formed alley in the classroom. The ‘for’ and ‘against’ groups stand directly across from each other .
  • The student walks down the conscience alley to listen to every student as they give their opinion.
  • The students listens to each opinion, as they arrive to the end of the alley, ‘he/she’ makes a decision on whether they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ the situation and explains why.
  • All the students go back to their seats to discuss the right from the wrong in that situation.
  • Write down what their ‘conscience’ or ‘thought’ was.

Plenary

  • The teacher will ask what was learned in today’s lesson – New words, new thoughts, have they ever being in a situation of ‘choice’ like that before.
  • The teacher will ask two students to collect the written work.
  • Tidy for next lesson.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYxUvNpYXuo

  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • YouTube video

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Topic: What is a Conscience?

Learning Outcomes

Understand what a conscience is and how we use it to make decisions

 

Introduction

Introduce or revise the story of Hansel and Gretel with the children. “How does the story of Hansel and Gretel end?” “That’s right, their father comes to rescue them” “Why do you think he came to find them when earlier he led them into the forest?”

Development

If the class haven’t already suggested a conscience, the teacher introduces now. Get the class to offer up their understanding of what the word means by creating a mind map on the board.

Play the YouTube video of Give A Little Whistle from Pinocchio. Ask the children who the character Jiminy Cricket was? Go through with the class how Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio’s conscience. Get the children to list the times that Jiminy says that Pinocchio should whistle for him to come.

Go through with the class how Jiminy tells Pinocchio to call for him when he has to make a decision because it is our conscience that helps us to make them. Go back to the story of Hansel and Gretel, what things might the father’s conscience say to him e.g. they’re only children, the woods is dangerous, we have no money and no food.

Divide the class in two and get the class to take part in a Conscience Alley activity for the father. Get one child to walk down while each side takes a side of the argument who whisper to the person walking the alley what decision to make. Get feedback from the person who walks the alley about what it felt like and what decision they would make.

Divide the class into groups of 4/5 and get them to devise a scenario where they might have to talk to their conscience. What might their conscience tell them to do? For example, what would they say if someone took the book you wanted in the library? Someone ran into you while on yard at break time.

Get the groups to use the Puppet Pals app for iPads to go through the conversation that might take place in someones head with their conscience. One puppet could be the main character with another puppet popping in to take the role of the conscience.

When completed, the groups can present their work to the class and other classes.

Plenary

In table groups of groups of 4/5, the children work to come up with a scenario where we might talk to our conscience

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcQEN_efcYU

Puppet Pals: use puppet pals to create the conversation you might have with your conscience.

 

The lesson can be incorporated into a Drama lesson and completed over a number of days.

The free version of Puppet Pals only has a limited number of character and backgrounds that can be used.

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What is Conscience?

LT focus: The children will be enabled to engage in a discussion about what is a conscience and how we can use it to guide our actions and decisions.

Introduction

Start by explaining to the children that we are going to discuss what a conscience is, but before that we are going do a quick listening exercise. Play the following video for the children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

Development

Introduce to the children the idea that we all have a voice inside us and sometimes it helps us you know what to do in a certain situation. Talk about some general situations we might encounter where we should listen to our inner voice. Pull out some scenario cards, and get the children to close their eyes and really listen to their inner voice, is it telling them to do what is right/ safe?  Give each group a scenario, they can respond by drawing what they would do. Go through all the pictures together and let the children guide the discussions.

Plenary

Start with listening activity ,ask how they felt during the listening game, introduce the words inner voice, conscience, right /wrong/ guide. Introduce scenario cards. Wrap up with reflection activity, how could I listen to my inner voice at home, in school etc.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic: 

Print out the following scenarios to pull out from a box/bag:

You find a toy out on yard but it is not yours.

You see someone who is sad and alone on yard

Your friend wants to play somewhere dangerous without telling adults where you will be.

A person at your table is always trying to  get you in trouble in school