Opportunity Knocks, But It Costs, Too!

This Opportunity Knocks, But It Costs, Too! lesson plan also includes:

Sixth graders practice six steps to effective problem solving. Working with the school counselor, class members are presented with a scenario that requires them to make a decision. Individuals then write a reflection in which they explain how they would utilize the decision-making steps to resolve the problem. They detail the possible solutions, the outcomes for each, and the possible costs involved with each option.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide class members with a copies of the Steps to Effective Problem Solving and Steps to Effective Problem Solving handouts to keep for future reference
  • Create posters of both handouts and mount in the classroom 
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit is designed to be taught by the school counseling staff
  • First lesson in a three-part unit
  • Lessons are designed to be taught in order
  • Worksheets from this first lesson are required in subsequent lessons
  • The counselor/instructor must provide the scenarios
Pros
  • The lesson underscores the idea that there are possible costs involved with every solution
Cons
  • None