Lesson Plan One
Quote of the Day
What People Say About Us!
Unit 1 Topic: What is a peacemaker? 1.5 hour class
Knowledge - Children will begin to know what a peacemaker is and how a peacemaker might act. Children and parents will know about some of the activities we will do in Raising Peacemakers class (Peacemakers Club).
Wisdom - Children will begin to understand what it is about different actions that make them like or not like that of a peacemaker. Children will understand the difference between being a peacemaker and a peacekeeper.
Perception - Children will want to become a peacemaker.
Eloquent speech - Children will begin to articulate what a peacemaker is and why they would like to be one. They will learn a quote and a song to help them. They will put on a play that helps them show the contrast between the actions of a peacemaker with someone who is not and be able to identify fear as a cause of prejudice and war.
Virtues: Idealism, commitment, creativity, thought-fulness
Introduction to Peacemakers’ Club
Present an overview of the class to the parents and children together, talking at the level of the children, about what you’re going to be learning about, the kinds of activities you’ll do. Be very enthusiastic about what you are saying. Whenever possible, ask questions that kids feel good about answering--it gets them into the flow of talking in a group and helps them to feel safe. And it helps you feel more secure as a teacher to have their enthusiastic feedback. For instance, instead of listing the activities we do in peacemakers, you might say,
“Now, is there anyone here who likes to sing?” “Yes!” “I do!”
“Anyone like to read stories?” “Me!” “I do!”
“What about put on plays?” “Yeah! I do!”
“Who wants to make the world a better place?” “Me! Me!” (Kids are much more likely to believe in the world than adults)
“Great! Because that’s what peacemakers are! People who are learning and trying to make the world a better place! And the great thing is, you get to have a lot of fun while you’re learning how to be a peacemaker?”
“Who wants to get started?!? Raise your hand if you want to learn how to be a peacemaker!” (If you wear a hearing aid, this would be a good time to turn it down).
1. Facilitated discussion:
What do you think it means to be a peacemaker? (Go around in a circle and have each child answer, encouraging and highlighting good points, helping to gently redirect when the answer is off)
* to help others
* to love every member of the human family
* to show love
* to not fight/resolve conflicts
* to create peace in one’s own heart
* to create peace with others
What does it mean to make peace?
Is making peace something we do to others or something in our heart as well?
Is a peacemaker the same as a peacekeeper?
2. Song “We are drops”
1. We are drops 2. We are flowers 3. Black and white
Of one ocean Of one garden Red and yellow
We are waves We are leaves Beautiful colors
Of one sea Of one tree. For all to see
4. All the world Chorus
Is one country Come and join us
We are one In our quest for unity
Can’t you see? It’s a way of life for you and me.
3. Quotes (choose one) - Remember- no religious quotes in school (¥).
Think of creative ways to teach these quotes--use song, gestures, pictures, your imagination. Remember to discuss what the quote means with the kids.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“True peace is not only the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
¥“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg. Feel free to stop in the middle and ask questions that will help them understand better the differences in attitudes between the mice which led to war. Which actions are like those of a peacemaker and which are not? How does fear lead to prejudice against the Skog? What does this lead to on both sides? What resolves the conflict?
The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellogg
Materials: A blanket, children’s imaginations
Ask the children to act out the story. You can prompt them if they forget. They do not need to know exact lines, just what they remember of the general ideas of what happened. This will help them understand the story better. The blanket is to make a Skog with several children under it.
6. Arts & Crafts
Have kids decorate their Raising Peacemakers binder.
Closing - Homework assignment and parent discussion
Homework: What is a peacemaker? What does being a peacemaker mean to you? You can write a paragraph or draw a picture about it.
Parent discussion: Make sure you discuss circle of encouragement and what parents should look for in their children so they can encourage them. Help them to understand the language of virtues. Leave at least 15-30 minutes after class for questions and review of semester outline. Help parents gain an overview of the class, expectations of parents and children, homework assignments etc. Leave plenty of time for question and answer.