WHAT IS PEACE?
Lesson Plan
Grades 2-3 

WHAT IS PEACE?

 Grades 2-3 / Ages 7-8

1.____  INTRODUCTION

  • Introduce the Peaceful People program to students, review behavior expectations, and greet each student.

2.____  WARM UP ACTIVITY STATEMENTS

  • In Peaceful People, we like to get our bodies and minds warmed up and ready for peacemaking.
    • Have students repeat the warm up statements below. Next have them stand and practice a simple motion, such as bending to touch their toes then reaching for the sky. Combine the warm up statements with the motions you have taught. Repeat a few times.
    • View our brief video tutorial for tips and examples of how to use our Warm Up Statements:
Warm Up Statements:
  • “I am peaceful.”
  • “I care about myself.”
  • “I care about others.”

3.____  INTRODUCE AND DEFINE “PEACE”

  • Brainstorm with students what they think of when they hear the word “peace.” Create a list on the board of students’ ideas.
    • Using the list on the board, circle the words that are feelings words (calm, safe, happy, etc.), and put a rectangular box around the words that are action words (being nice, not fighting, helping others, etc.). If a word does not fit either category, leave it as is.
  • Tell students that peace can mean a lot of things. In Peaceful People, we think of peace as a FEELING as well as an ACTION. (Refer to the list on the board.) When you put peaceful feelings together with peaceful actions, you get a peaceful person!
  • For Peaceful People, peace means:
    • Feeling calm, safe, and respected.
    • Being nice with our words and our body.
    • Acting with Respect to yourself, others, and the world around you.

4.____  DEFINE RESPECT

  • Respect is an important part of what peace feels like and how to act peacefully.
  • Ask students what they think “Respect” means. How do you show respect? What does it mean to feel respected?
  • Tell students that for Peaceful People, respect means caring about yourself, others, and the world around you, and acting in a way that shows that you care. Feeling respected means knowing that others care about you.
  • If possible, share a personal story with students about a time you were treated either respectfully or disrespectfully. How did it make you feel? What did you do? How did the other people in the story respond? 
  • Tell students you are going to teach them a fun song to help them remember the meaning of Respect and how to act peacefully.

The “Care Song” can be taught as a chant or a song. Click here to print the Lyric Sheet. You can download the song from Peaceful Schools’ Stand Tall CD, available on iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby.

  • Ask students to repeat each line and each hand motion after you:

Care Song

      “Care about you (hug yourself, then extend arms outward)
Care about me (hug yourself, then point to yourself)
Care about people’s property (hug yourself, then point to books, desks, etc.)
But what if you have a problem? (bump your fists together)
How can you work it out? (shrug your shoulders)
If you want to be a S.T.A.R. (reach up with your hands and twinkle your fingers
You talk it out, you talk it out.” (use your hands like puppets talking)

  • Play the song and ask students to sing along. Or, if you are teaching the song as a chant, repeat the chant a few times. Change the tempo or style each time to make it fun (e.g. opera voice, whisper voice, mouse voice, etc.).

5.____  DISCUSS PEACEFUL BEHAVIOR

  • Tell students that using peaceful behavior means acting in a respectful way that shows that you care. This is true at school, at home, with friends and grown-ups. Brainstorm examples of peaceful behavior.
  • Ask students:
    • Do you think it is easy or difficult to use peaceful behavior at school? Why?
    • Do you think it is important to use peaceful behavior? Why? What could happen if we do not act peacefully?
    • What peaceful behaviors have you observed in your classroom or school this week?
    • Do you believe your school/class is peaceful or not-so-peaceful? Why?
    • What would your school/community be like if everyone acted peacefully all the time?

6.____  PEACEFUL BEHAVIOR DEMO

  • Tell students you are going to play a game. In this game, you are going to act out a short scene, and the students will get to judge whether you are using peaceful or not-so-peaceful behavior.
  • Ask students to sit quietly, like judges, during the entire scene. Tell them you will ask them to make their judgment at the end.
  • Begin the game by acting out a typical classroom activity, such as entering the room in the morning, or walking to the rug for reading time. Use exaggerated actions to demonstrate not-so-peaceful behavior (ex: pretend to run, yell, throw your bag, etc.). Continue acting for about 1 minute.
    • Once you are done, ask students to quietly make their judgment of your behavior using their hands - thumbs up for peaceful behavior, thumbs down for not-so-peaceful behavior.
    • Ask students to list the not-so-peaceful behaviors they noticed, and to make suggestions of how you could perform the same activity in a more peaceful way.
  • Repeat the activity, using students’ suggestions for peaceful behavior.
    • Ask students to judge your behavior again with thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
  • Remind students that “peace” is an action. Ask students how acting peacefully can show that they care about themselves and others.
  • If time allows, ask for student volunteers to practice peacefully completing the activity you demonstrated. Ask students to give volunteers a thumbs-up when they have completed the activity.

7.____  ACTIVITY

                        ____   Peace Senses (Activity Guide)
                        ____   Peace Chain (Activity Guide)
                        ____   3 Breaths, 10 Seconds (Activity Guide)

8.____  READ

____  Proimos, James  Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace  (Literature Guide)
____  Radunsky, Vladimir  What Does Peace Feel Like?  (Literature Guide)
____  Thomas, Shelley Moore  Somewhere Today: A Book of Peace (Literature Guide)

9.____  CLOSURE

  • Have students repeat the Warm Up statements.
  • Remind students that peace is a feeling of calm and safety, and is a way of acting with respect to show that you care.
  • Tell students that they will continue learning about peace and how to act in a peaceful way in all of their Peaceful People sessions.

 

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