What is Peace?

Introductory Lesson 

Overview: What does "peace" mean? Who is a Peaceful Person? Why even bother trying to be peaceful? This session introduces students to the concept of Peace, as well as to the consequences of peaceful behavior. In this foundational Peaceful People lesson, students define Peace, peaceful behavior and Respect. Engaging in behavioral rehearsal and discussions helps students understand Peace as both a feeling and an action. Older students also begin to examine the benefits and potential barriers to acting peacefully. This lesson is designed as the introductory session to the Peaceful People program, and is intended to be followed by our S.T.A.R. Power lesson

Objectives: In this session, students will:

  1. Define peace  
  2. Give examples of peaceful behavior
  3. Compare and contrast peaceful behavior with harmful/hurtful behavior
  4. Analyze the importance of peaceful behavior 

Detailed Lesson Plans
(Click appropriate grade-level)

pre-K          K-1          2-3          4-6          6-8

*Teaching Tip: As you begin teaching your first Peaceful People lesson, take some time to introduce yourself and the Peaceful People program to your students. We always start with a review of the behavior expectations in the classroom or wherever you may be teaching, and brainstorm with students ways to promote safe participation in all activities. We find that namecards are helpful if you are not already familiar with all students' names. We like to ask students to help us pronounce their names, and we share our belief that using someone's name properly is an important way to show someone that they are cared about.

Recommended Books
(click title for complete Literature Guide) 

Title and Author  pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz x x x    
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos x x x x x
The Peace Book by Todd Parr x x      
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting       x x
Somewhere Today - A Book of Peace by Shelley Moore Thomas  x x x    
What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky x x x x



Reinforcing Activities
(Click Activity title for detailed instructions)

 Activity Title pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
3 Breaths, 10 Seconds x x x x x
Peace Chain     x x x
Peace Senses x x x x x


Classroom Poster and Printable Worksheets
(Click appropriate files for visual aids and worksheets to supplement your lesson)

Classroom Poster          Primary Worksheet          Intermediate Worksheet