Lesson: Peace Calendar
Objective: To develop an understanding of ways each of us can contribute to making the world a more peaceful place.
Grade Level: All ages preschool and up
1. Read the book Peace Begins with You by Katherine Sholes. Have students discuss the ideas in the book and then brainstorm ways to apply them in their everyday lives.
2. Pass out blank calendars (have students put months and dates on blank calendar pages or print out a calendar using the Wizard in your word processing program) Have students illustrate each month with a picture showing a way to apply peace in their lives. Mark special peace days on the calendar. See the TeachPeaceNow calendar for ideas. Mount each drawing above the corresponding month. Then staple all the pages together, punch a hole, and add yarn or ribbon to hang it.
Optional: Have students wrap and give their calendar as a holiday gift to their families or make multiple copies and distribute to local businesses, and community organizations..
Katie Nelson did this activity with her Girls' Circle: She writes - It went well! I had about 5 girls who each made their own calendar. I printed out a 2010 calendar and they wrote down "peace holidays", made up their own peace activities and drew different peace symbols. We talked about the oppression of women and tied into the peace calendar. There were a couple girls who were fighting at the time so they put down "make peace with a friend" on one of the days to make it a goal of theirs to reconcile. Thank you for the great activities on your site, I will be sure to use more!Katie NelsonVolunteer CoordinatorYWCA Lower Cape Fear
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