Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10370

What do you do when you just don't feel like doing what you are supposed to do? Is it right to just go by your feelings and leave others hanging? Learn what it means to be responsible, like Horton!


Practical Life Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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You promised your Mom that you would clean your bedroom, but your favorite show is on and you really want to watch it.

  • What do you do?

Think about the scenario above about cleaning your room.

  • When you tell someone you are going to do something, do you show responsibility by following through with your promise?
  • Would it be responsible if you decided to watch the show instead of cleaning your room?

Use the Graphic Organizer - Bubble Map, found under the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar, to brainstorm five words that describe responsibility.

  • What words did you come up with?
  • What is responsibility?

Responsibility is being accountable for what you do, for your actions and behavior. It means doing the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you.

  • Have you ever played a video game?

Imagine you are holding the video game controller in your hand. It doesn’t block your vision of the things around you. You can still see your family, friends, people who might need help, and work that needs to be done.

Now, hold the controller in front of your eyes. When you hold the controller so close to you, that’s all you can see.

If you love video games too much, that can lead to trouble. You may begin to make irresponsible decisions, thinking only of yourself instead of making responsible choices and thinking about the needs of others.

Playing video games is not a problem, but when you play too often, it becomes a problem!

  • What are ways you can show responsibility?

Take a look at these examples.

  + Complete your schoolwork and chores on time without being reminded.
  + Follow through on your commitments, even when you don't feel like it.
  + Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Don't make excuses or blame others.
  + Take care of your things and those of other people. Return items you borrow.
  + Find out what needs to be done and do it.
  + Make wise choices, such as choosing to eat healthy foods and wearing a helmet.
  + Always do your very best. Others are counting on you!


Now, read through the scenarios below and think about what you would do in each one to show responsibility.

  - You broke the wheel off your brother's new skateboard.
  - Your friends asks you to play, but you haven't finished your homework.
  - You're having fun at a friend's house, but it is time to go home.
  - You promised to clean your room, but you just don't feel like doing it.
  - It is time for bed, and you just remembered you have a school project due tomorrow.
  - You agreed to watch a neighbor's dog over the weekend, but a friend just invited you to a sleepover.
  - Your mom is not feeling well and could use some help around the house.


Next, put together a list of all your responsibilities for school and home.

  • What are some other ways that you can demonstrate responsibility?

Add those to your list!

Remember, only you have the ability to take responsibility. Be a person others can trust and count on to do the right thing!

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