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The Peace Table

Martha Cordell
Bay District Schools

Description

The Peace Table engages first-grade students in a healthy way to talk about and handle feelings.

Objectives

The student identifies healthy ways to handle feelings.

Materials

-MacDonald, Betty. [Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle]. New York: Harper Trophy, 1985.
-Beim, Lorraine and Jerrold. [Two Is a Team]. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.
-Small table
-2-3 Chairs
-Posters of famous peacemakers
-One standard die
-Kitchen timer or other timing device
-Paper and pencils in a box on the table
-Student journals
-Chart paper with general rules:
Tell the truth
Listen without interrupting
Respect the other person
Work toward a solution so both people win

Preparations

1. Suggested reading materials for the teacher include:
a. Schmidt, Fran and Friedman, Alice. [Peace-Making Skills For Little Kids]. Miami Beach, FL: Grace Contrino Adams Peace Education Foundation, Inc., 1993.
b. McGinnis, Ellen and Goldstein, Arnold P. [Skill-Streaming in the Elementary School Child]. Champaign, IL: Research Press, 1997.
2. Acquire posters of famous peacemakers.
3. Check out [Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle] and [Two Is a Team] from your school or public library.
4. Gather other materials listed above.

Procedures

1. Read [Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle], Chapter 3, The Bully to the entire class.

2. Introduce The Peace Table and the items on the table as follows:
-a standard die to decide who goes first, and
-a timing device, such as a kitchen timer, set to 5 minutes to solve a problem.

3. Discuss how each person plays an important role at the Peace Table. Introduce the rules for using the Peace Table. Also tell about famous peacemakers of the past, such as Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. On chart paper, write a sample problem to model this process for students. Brainstorm ideas about the specific problem.

5. Brainstorm ideas about other problems on the board. When brainstorming is complete, choose one problem to role-play with the class.

6. Present the problem to be resolved to the class.

7. Allow students to take turns role-playing solutions and suggest role-reversals. Allow students the chance to come up with possible solutions to the problem and list them on the board.

8. Suggest to students that they use the Peace Table anytime there is a conflict among them.

9. Guide students to focus on the healthy way to handle feelings.

10. Conclude the lesson by reading the book [Two Is a Team] to the entire class.

Assessments

Students write in their journals to explain the Peace Table and how it is to be used to handle feelings and solve problems.
Students' understanding will be demostrated in their journal entries.
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