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Security In My Life
This lesson includes a variety of introductory activities designed to help students explore their feelings, attitudes, and assessments of how secure or insecure they feel, or would feel in different situations. Students will identify issues and situations that contribute to their personal sense of security. Meets McREL standard 8 (Language Arts): Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
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Teaching Elementary Children about Controversial Issues
From international terrorism to toxic waste, from AIDS to war -- elementary-aged children are aware of these and many other societal conflicts, but often they are also aware of the unwritten rules against talking about or asking questions about such controversial issues. Teachers also have questions and qualms about discussing controversial issues with their students. They have concerns about frightening children, about propagandizing them, and about angering parents or administrators. But there comes the day when a teacher is having the daily show-and-tell or current events period and a child asks a question about a controversial issue. What should the teacher do? This guide provides guidelines for talking to your elementary students about controversial issues.
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Child Soldiers
This lesson will introduce students to problems faced by child soldiers, their families, their communities, and their nations, and to the organizations that strive to help them. Meets McREL standard 5 (Thinking and Reasoning): Applies basic trouble-shooting and problem-solving techniques.
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Conflict Skits
This lesson presents a couple of conflict scenerios that you can use with your students to begin to examine basic conflicts. Meets McREL standard 2 (Working with Others): Uses conflict resolution techniques.
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Controversial Issues- Conflicts In Society
This lesson helps children begin to think about adult conflicts. Meets McREL standard 2 (Working with Others): Uses conflict resolution techniques.
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Enemies Then and Now
This lesson will help students begin to look the history of "enemies" in the United States.
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Enemies Web Chart
This lesson will help students have an exploratory conversation about the concept of enemies.
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Evaluating National and International Security
This lesson will give students the opportunity to use a variety of criteria in evaluating the level of security that exists in countries throughout the world. Students will work independently conducting research and then compare and evaluate their data with other members of the class. They will evaluate international security using composite data developed by classmates.
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Exploring the Conflict Continuum
This lesson guides students through activities that will help them assess the dynamics of contemporary and historical conflicts at local, national, and international levels. Students will use contemporary or historical literature and news reports to identify, investigate, and discuss conflict. Meets McREL standard 2 (Working with Others): Uses conflict-resolution techniques.
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Five Dimensions of Conflict
This cooperative learning activity will introduce students to five basic dimensions of conflict that can be applied to any conflict situation. Meets McREL standard 2 (Working with Others): Uses conflict-resolution techniques.
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