How we relate to other people in real life via our words and actions can have consequences. And helping students think through these consequences ahead of time can help create a more harmonious learning environment.
In the group activity below, we have provided a game of I Have Who Has focused on consequences, and it can be used to help students better understand one aspect of impulse control.
If you haven’t played this game before, it’s an activity that gets students interacting with each other and requires them to really focus on the task at hand.
Recommended Grade Level: Upper Elementary and Middle
SEL Skill(s): Impulse Control
Duration: 30 minutes
Actions and Consequences Lesson Instructions
Here’s how it works: You’ll print and cut out the cards from the printable and shuffle them up. Give each student a least one “I Have” card and it least one “Who Has” card. If you have a small group, you may want to hand out multiple pairs of cards.
Choose any student to start by reading a “Who has?” from their cards. The other students should be looking at their card(s) and seeing if they have an “I have” that matches.
- Who has: “You give someone a compliment”
- I have: “That person feels good about themselves.”
- Who has: “You refuse to wear a jacket on the walk to school.”
- I have: “You will be cold.”
So in this version of the game, the “Who has?” is a choice or action, and the “I have” is a consequence of that choice or action.
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