Responsibility is “taking ownership of my thoughts, words, and actions.” This trait is essential for becoming a healthy, happy, and productive person…and it is the basis for a free and civil society where each person does what he or she is expected to do.

Responsibility begins with “little things” like taking care of your belongings, working with a good attitude, resolving conflicts peacefully, and owning up to mistakes. Taking responsibility in these “little things” prepares students for greater opportunities in the future!

I Will:

  1. Know what’s expected.
  2. Keep my commitments.
  3. Do my best.
  4. Not make excuses.
  5. Correct my mistakes.

Discussion Starters:

  • It’s easy to take responsibility or ownership when things go well. Why is it hard to take responsibility when things don’t go well?
  • What is the opposite of responsibility? (unreliability, blaming others, making excuses)
  • Who do you trust more—someone who owns up to mistakes or someone who covers them up? Why?
  • How do you think responsibility can help you in school? At home?

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Learn hand motions for the poem and song. Listen to the nature story. Presented by Robert Greenlaw.

Get lyrics to the poem in the Responsibility Curriculum.

Get music for "Billy Bob" in the Songbook & CD set.

Read the full nature story in the Responsibility Curriculum.