WHAT IS PEACE?
Lesson Plan
Grades K-1 

WHAT IS PEACE?

 Grades K-1 / Ages 5-6

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”

  • Tell students that “peace” is a very important word, and a very important idea. They will have lots of chances to learn all about and practice acting with peace during their Peaceful People lessons.
  •  Ask students to put two fingers in the air in a “peace” sign, and say the word “peace.”  
    • Have students cross their arms so that they are giving themselves a hug. Ask them to say the word “safe.”
      • Explain that peace means that you and others feel safe and act safely, so that no one’s body or feelings are hurt.
      • Have students put their hands over their heart. Ask them to say the word “caring.”
        • Explain that peace means caring about yourself, others, and the world around you, and showing that you care. Peace also means knowing that others care about you too.
      • Have students show two thumbs up. Ask them to say the word “fun.”
        • Explain that when everybody feels safe and cared about, we can all learn together and have fun.
      • Review all the hand motions with students, explaining that “peace” means feeling and acting safe, and showing that you care about yourself, others, and the world around you, so that we can all learn and have fun!
  • Peace is a feeling AND a way to act. Put simply, peace means being nice with our words and our body.

4.____  THE CARE SONG

  • Tell students you are going to teach them a fun song to help them remember the meaning of “peace” 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 iTunesAmazon 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 twinkleyour 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.____  PEACEFUL BEHAVIOR DEMO

  • Tell students that using peaceful behavior shows that they care. This is true at school, at home, with friends and grown-ups. Brainstorm examples of peaceful behavior.
  • 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.

6.____  ACTIVITY

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

7.____  READ

____  Parr, Todd  The Peace Book (Literature Guide)
____  Proimos, James  Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace (Literature Guide)
____  Radunsky, Vladimir  What Does Peace Feel Like? (Literature Guide)

8.____  CLOSURE

  • Have students repeat the Warm Up statements.
  • Remind students that peace is a feeling of caring and safety, and a way to act so that everyone can learn and have fun.
  • Tell students that they will continue learning about how to act in a peaceful way in all of their Peaceful People sessions.

 

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