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Being Left Out

Including others is a helpful attitude for a responsible citizen.

We have all been left out a time or two.  Try to think of the times you remember being left out and write each situation in the text boxes provided on the attached worksheet.  Be sure to include how it made you feel.

Then try to remember those times you have left others out and write each situation in the text boxes provided on the attached worksheet.  Include your reasons and how you imagine the person or people felt.

When you have finished, look over your list of reasons to see if there are any good reasons to leave people out.

After completing the attached worksheet, discussions with your teacher and classmates might include what messages you received from your parents about leaving others out and if you agreed or disagreed with them.  Your discussions might also include what message you want to give to yourself about leaving others out.


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Sometimes kids form groups that they won't let other kids belong to. A clique is a group of kids who hang out together and won't let others join in. Sometimes kids in the clique are mean to kids they think are on the outside. If you or someone you know is being treated meanly or bullied by members of a clique, telling an adult is important. Adults can also help kids learn to play together, include each other, mend hurt feelings, and repair broken friendships. They can encourage kids to make friends and belong to a group without leaving others out. They can show kids how to be popular by treating everyone with respect and kindness.

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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