Sunday, February 17, 2013

Come Follow Me (February Lesson): Why Do My Choices Matter?

I had this photo printed at Costco, and on the back I put President Monson's 3 R's of Choice.

I went with an Alice and Wonderland Theme.  I was reading through Pres. Monson's talk titled the 3 R's of Choice and he referenced the movie Alice and Wonderland when she meets the Cheshire cat on the pathway and asks which way to go.  I found the clip on you tube (only 3 min long), downloaded it and showed it to the class.  After we watched the clip, I asked them if they ever felt like Alice did, not knowing which direction to take.  I then made this relation and put it on the board:
Alice=You
Cheshire Cat=Influences
Path=Consequences
Conscience/Moral Compass= Our Values

I have a print out of these at the end of this post.  It was nice to put them on the board as a Visual Reminder to the girls.  After we had talked about all of this, I then made a quiz for the girls to fill out. I wanted to teach them that when we understand our values, we can understand what choices to make.  We actually went through the quiz together. I stopped on every question, added my thoughts and asked for experiences and feedback.  It turned out incredibly wonderful! I also used some of the talk by President Monson, when appropriate.  As a hand out, I bought some Little Debbie cakes and wrote on them with Frosting: "Eat Me", just to go with the Alice and Wonderland theme.





I wrapped them in cellophane and added this vintage Alice tag.


If you want any of the printables, you can find them listed below:
Alice and Wonderland Visual Aid for board
Who am I Values Quiz
 3 R's of Choice for back of picture
Vintage Alice Tag
Alice and Wonderland Video from You Tube-
(to dowload the video, click on the url address and type in the word "kiss" in front of the "you" in youtube.  It takes you to another site that will let you download it. Click "run" and select the quality. So simple and it works!!!)

Alice and Cheshire Cat Picture with Quote- You should be able to right click and save to your computer.
And if you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment!  My lesson was so successful and I presented it in memorable way using characters that were familiar to them. 
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33 comments:

  1. What an amazing lesson idea! Thank you sooo much for sharing. I love it and will be using it this week.

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  2. Love it and thanks for sharing!!!

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  3. How did you write on the little Debbie's? That is kind of a weakness for me and so I need all the help I can get. Thank you very much!!

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    1. Cami,
      I just made frosting and used my decorators tips to write it on. However, they sell little tubes of frosting in the grocery store that you can buy for around $2-3. I toyed with that option, but decided I could just make it. I am not sure where you live(I'm in Utah), but just yesterday I found frosting tubes and sprinkles at Harmons on clearance for only $1.00. That would be a great option. They had the frosting I originally was going to use. Just note, do NOT buy the GEL frosting, it never dries, will probably run and only cause you trouble, stay away from the GEL frosting! Hope that helps!

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    2. Thank you Emily!!! I will get them and yes I do live in Utah.

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    3. Cool! I found the frosting in a random basket at the back of the store (700 E. in Draper), by the meat and cheese. I stocked up for future use!

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  4. Did you read any of the talk with the girls? How easy was the transition from the movie clip to real life examples
    Thanks

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    1. I didn't read it with the girls, just because we didn't have much time. I had the talk ready and handy just in case, but I found there were times when we were talking about different issues during the quiz that I referenced it and just said it in my own words. I especially made mention to what the 3 R's were and how we all have the right to choose and we all have responsibilities to make the best choices for ourselves. I think you just have to play it by ear and see how you feel while you're teaching. As far as transitioning from the movie, it went pretty well. After the movie ended, I asked them why this story might relate to them. I asked them what Alice asked (the girls answered: Where should she go), I then asked what the Cheshire cat told her (answer: where do you want to go), I then asked for lice's response (answer: It didn't matter.) I then asked if they ever felt like Alice, not knowing which way to go. Do you want to feel like Alice, or do you want to know where you are going? I asked them what we had been learning about this month (Plan of Salvation) and asked what gift was given during the pre-exsistence (Free Agency). Then went into choices, explaining about the relation between Alice and us, and used the visual Aids on the board. After, I said in able for us to make the right choices, we must first know our values, then went into the Quiz and went from there. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! Good luck!

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    2. Thank you so much for your idea. I love it. Thanks for the response above. Transition was my concern and I am going to print what you did :O)
      Its adds a fun dimension to the lesson. One question and it may be lame--I haven't seen the movie in years. I will watch tomorrow. Why the words "Eat Me". Not sure if there is a tie into the lesson or just for fun :O)

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    3. Oh, just for fun. When Alice needs to shrink or grow, she finds little cookies that say "eat me", or bottles that say "drink me". I just wanted to add in a treat to eat, so I thought it played off the theme. It may be cute to use a glass bottle of soda and cover up the label with "drink me" on it instead. My little printable Alice tag would work well with that too. Just another option.

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    4. Thanks. Loved the idea just wanted to make sure I knew the correlation in case they asked. :O)
      I need to watch the movie again. Thanks so much for doing this!

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  5. so so so adorable. thank you so much for the ideas!

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  6. I love this idea! I was asked to teach last minute and this lesson will be perfect for my girls. Thanks for sharing your stuff on SkyDrive... SOOOO simple! I really appreciate you taking the time to post your idea.

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  7. You are such a FUN leader! I love this idea. SO cute!

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  8. I've tried to download the Alice clip but it doesn't seem to work…..any other ideas?

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that. I am not sure what to do unless you own the movie of Alice and Wonderland or could borrow it from a neighbor or the library. I know that I found the video on you tube, then in the address bar, in front of the "you" in youtube type "kiss, so it looks like "www.kissyoutube...." It took me to a different page and that is how it let me save it to my computer. I am not sure if that helped or not, but good luck!

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  9. Did your photo print okay with the resolution you have? Did you print photos?

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    1. Yes it did. I just printed my pictures at Costco and they turned out pretty good.

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  10. Thanks for the lesson idea, I love it. I'm finding that our girls need something to keep them involved so I love your quiz (and that its a self evaluation) and the visuals. Thanks again.

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  11. I tried the download of the video and it won't work the way you described it. I get to the other site but it doesn't say "run" anywhere and I can't get it to download nohow, nowhere. Any ideas?

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    1. It may be too late for this info. But Amy, who commented below shared her knowledge of how to download this video. Maybe this will help:

      To download a youtube video, go to keepvid.com and paste the url address in the bar. Select the small download tab next to the url address and then options will come up to select format of download.

      Good luck ( if it isn't too late)!

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  12. What about the legal issue of printing Alice in Disney... Walmart won't let me.... Any ideas

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    1. Sorry for the late response. Maybe it's too late, but I honestly didn't have any problems! I am so sorry you did!

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  13. What a great theme for this lesson! I am looking forward to giving it this Sunday! Thank you for the visual aides and handouts. To download a youtube video, go to keepvid.com and paste the url address in the bar. Select the small download tab next to the url address and then options will come up to select format of download.

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    1. Thank you for the advice on downloading the video. Many people have had questions about that. I'll pass on the info!

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  14. I was looking for something like this to keep my cute beehives attention. Thank you so much for posting this. I am excited to teach this tomorrow.

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  15. This has been so helpful! Thank you so much!! :)

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  16. Hi! I love this lesson idea. I tried to go to kissyoutube to download the Alice clip & it's says address doesn't exist? Do you know if you can download youtube videos still? Thanks!
    Michelle

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    1. I know the kiss thing doesn't work anymore. I haven't downloaded anything recently so I am not sure, but I know there are some safe downloaders out there you can use. Maybe Google it? Sorry I'm not more help. Good luck!

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  17. thank you so much for these awesome ideas!

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  18. Very cute idea. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

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  19. Thank you so much! My girls are going to love this, and you have made my life so much easier. I appreciate you!

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  20. I saw your Alice in Wonderland themed activity day and wanted to use the Alice in Wonderland and Thomas Monson talk video that you put together but the link didn't work. Could you share it with me through email? My email is rgregoire@live.com
    Thanks!

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