Title: Peace Plan
Grade level: Kindergarten to Grade 2 (modify level of complexity based on group of students)
Subject Area: Social studies and language
Grouping: Whole class and independent work
Timeline: two to three class periods
This lesson provides the student an opportunity to share how they feel about peace and learn from others.
Explore ways to resolve personal conflict – using our hands and our words to help, not to hurt
Learn a new song or enjoy one that the student may already know.
Contribute to a class art project – the wreath of peace and unity
Read aloud the first part of the Tale of the Vanishing Rainbow to the students. The story deals with a conflict that arises in the forest people the community of bears and community of wolfs. When at first they were friendly towards each other, their relationship became very sour when the rainbow began to vanish. This rainbow was once what bridged the two communities together, however, it was slowly disappearing and both the wolfs and the bears believed that one another were responsible for stealing the rainbow. The teacher should stop at the point when the two communities decide to go to war.
Read the story clearly and allow the students to view the illustrations carefully, especially the ESL students in the classroom. The illustrations provide a great deal of information about the storyline and so it is important that the students' have a chance to view them to build their knowledge and understanding of the story.
Ask the students questions about the relationship between the two communities and how they felt about situation. The purpose of the activity is to promote literacy but also to promote positive ways of dealing with conflict and develop an awareness and appreciation for diversity among people.
The students are invited to make predictions about what would follow in the storyline. The students can write a short paragraph about what they think will happen next. As for ESL students, they may choose to write their response and/or draw it to communicate their ideas.
Review the first part of the Tale of the Vanishing Rainbow with the students asking them to retell, relate and reflect.
Continue reading the story in it’s entirety.
Talk about ways to resolve conflict using the story as a reference point.
Ask students to think about it in relation to their own lives.
Talk about ways to use our hands and our words to help others and promote peace and unity. Talk about what peace and unity mean to the students.
Display a basic outline of a wreath on a large sheet of butchers paper and label it the wreath of peace and unity. Ask students to think about a statement of how they can use their hands and words to promote peace and unity.
Explain to students that throughout the day students will be asked to contribute their handprint to the wreath. They will also be asked to write their name next to their handprint and provide a statement about how they can use their hands and words to promote peace/unity.
The wreath of peace and unity will be displayed in a visible area in the classroom. This activity is especially appropriate to conduct with a class during the week of Remembrance Day.
The activity helps to remind students to work together to address conflicts in a positive manner and appreciate one another. The students are asked to put their commitment to creating peace on the wreath in writing which helps to hold them accountable for their actions.
*assess the written/graphic component dealing with the prediction in Part A of the activity
*assess social and learning skills
Submitted by: Erika Carlson