Activity Overview

When people break the rules or hurt others’ feelings, it is important to know how to apologize. Sometimes apologizing can be difficult, and we need to be taught at a young age how to apologize in a meaningful way that is genuine. There are some important steps to apologizing that all children should know and understand.

  1. Recognize that something happened that impacted someone else’s feelings in a negative way.
  2. Accept their role and take responsibility for their actions.
  3. Think about how they could have responded differently, and what to do next time.
  4. Right the wrong and apologize sincerely.
  5. Move on and focus on the future.

For this activity, students will create a 5 cell storyboard that is an example of a meaningful apology, including all of the steps listed above.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a storyboard that illustrates the 5 steps of a meaningful apology.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write out each of the 5 steps of apologizing in the 5 description boxes.
  3. In each cell, create a story of someone using the 5 steps of apologizing, including appropriate characters, scenes, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-4

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/1/1] Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2] Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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