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Character Education Videos: Responsibility & Decision Making

Newton had it right. For every action, there is a reaction. We’ve all done things without considering the consequences, but being mindful of cause and effect can go a long way toward helping us avoid mistakes in life.

The following Flocabulary songs teach about responsibility and making smart decisions. Below the videos, we have questions you can use to start a discussion with your students. And don’t forget about our other songs and videos to teach Character Education.

Songs About Responsibility & Decision Making

Look Before You Leap2nd Grade: “Think Before You Leap”

This song is based on a fable by an old storyteller named Aesop, and is a cautionary tale to students about making smart decisions. Ask: In this story, what bad decisions does the young frog make? Why does he make those decisions? What might the title, “Look Before You Leap” mean in our own lives? Watch now.


The Ballad of Ron and John6th Grade: “The Ballad of Ron and Jon”

This song warns students to not make decisions based on anger. Ask: Why are the princes so angry with each other? Do they ever make peace? Why is it dangerous to not think ahead? Watch now.


Changes8th Grade: “Changes”

This song is written about a serious issue – drunk driving, which is a major problem in America. Each year, on average, more than 15,000 people are killed and 250,000 people are injured in drunk driving accidents. Ask students: How would you feel if you knew someone who was killed by a drunk driver? What would you do if you knew someone who was going to drive drunk? Watch now.

Questions for Discussion

  • How were the characters in the videos responsible, or irresponsible?
  • What does responsibility look like? How does a responsible person act? How does an irresponsible person act?
  • How does responsibility play a role in our decisions?
  • How are we responsible for the wellbeing of others?