Decisions, decisions, decisions. Everywhere you turn, there is another decision to be made. In fact decision or choice making is part of everyday life. If you are alive and conscious, then every day, day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year there are choices/decisions to be made.
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Can you control the rumors? Make some smart decisions to drive up your school spirit.
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You are in charge of the house and your little bro…what decisions will you make?
This printable pdf booklet was designed in conjunction with take our daughters and sons to work today. There are great activities about decision making and how to help make the world a better place. You’ll need to photocopy booklets before class.
Click the cards above for a printable sheet of cards with “What would you do” type questions that you can quickly print, cut, and play!
If you liked the moon survival activity, try this one!
It is 1:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon at the end of May. You and your teammates have just finished a two-day training in Casablanca, Morocco. You are all on board a chartered, twin-engine plane that is destined for Dakhla, Morocco, a small town on the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1000 miles from Casablanca. At the beginning of the flight the Captain came on the overhead speaker and invited you to sit back and relax during the two-hour flight. The first fifty minutes of the flight were fine. Around this time the pilot comes back on the speaker to let you know that you are currently flying over the Sahara Desert and that weather reports showed a temperature high of 115 degrees. Approximately one hour and ten minutes into the flight, you hear a loud blast and the plane nosedives. Within minutes you realize that the cabin is losing pressure. When you look outside the windows, you notice that is dessert below is growing larger as the plane rapidly descends toward the ground. You notice that the only things you can see out of your window are some large boulders and miles and miles of sand. The pilot comes on once again to let you know that the plane has blown an engine and is therefore, indisputably, going to crash and so all on board should prepare for a turbulent, possibly fatal, crash landing. Within minutes the planes crashes and smoke and flames fill the cabin. All surviving passengers and crewmembers scramble to exit the plane before it explodes. Seven minutes after the crash, the plane explodes in a fiery ball that reduces it to rubble. With the exception of the airplane’s captain and one crewmember, you, your teammates, one flight crewmember, and the co-captain have all survived the crash. Now you must decide how to work together to survive the desert climate and terrain, get help, and hopefully make it out of the desert alive. On your way of the plane, in the few minutes before it exploded, you and your teammates were able to salvage the items in the list below. It is May and you and your teammates are dressed in business casual for the hot summer months of Africa. With only the clothes on your back and the items pulled from the wreckage, how will you survive?
Rank the items below in order of importance and develop a game plan to help you get out alive.
1 Book of matches
3 Airplane blankets
20 Feet of nylon rope
1 Sewing kit
2 50 kg Tanks of oxygen
20 Cans of soda
1 Life raft
1 Bottle opener
1 Magnetic compass
1 Single-blade pocketknife
15 Gallons of water
3 Signal flares
1 First aid kit
1 Snakebite kit
25 Mini bags of pretzels
55 Mini bags of peanuts
1 Safety razor blade
4 Airplane pillows
The year is 2040. You are a member of a space crew that was to rendezvous with the mother ship on the lighted surface of the moon. You experienced mechanical difficulties and your ship was forced to land about 200 miles from the point you were to be. During re-entry and landing, much of the equipment on your ship was damaged. Your survival depends on you reaching the mother ship. You will need to survey what is left that is useable and determine the most critical undamaged items that you will take for the 200 mile trip.
Your task is to look over the list below which contains the useable, undamaged items left on your ship, and rank them in order of their importance for your crew. Remember you need to rank each item in terms of its value in allowing you to reach the mother ship. Copy the list below or print out a copy. Place the number 1 by the most important item and keep going to number 15 which will be the least important. Be ready to explain why you have given each item the rank it received. Use your knowledge of the Moon and its environment to help you make your decisions. When you are done you can check how you did against the rankings given this same list by NASA. If you are doing this activity in your classroom, compare your rankings with other groups or individuals and hear their reasons for their rankings before checking the NASA list.
How close did you come? Were your top 5 most important and bottom 5 least important items (regardless of ranking numbers) the same ones as others in your class? Or the same as on the NASA list? (See link below.)
___ Box of matches
___ Food concentrate
___ 50 feet of nylon rope
___ Parachute silk
___ Portable heating unit
___ Two .45 calibre pistols
___ One case dehydrated milk
___ Two 100-pound tanks of oxygen
___ Stellar map (of moon’s surface)
___ Life raft
___ Magnetic compass
___ 5 gallons of water
___ Signal flares
___ First aid kit containing injection needle
___ Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter
NASA’s Ranking will help you see how well you did.
What’s your niche, your groove, your life’s purpose? This is called “finding your voice”.
What am I really good at? ….this is talent
What do I love doing? ….this is passion
What does the world need that I can get paid to do? ….this is need
What do I feel I should do? ….this is conscience
Sean Covey created a voice finder map that students can use to reflect on what they want out of life. Click here to print it.