Did you know that September 21st is known around the world as International Peace Day or World Peace Day? I didn’t… and I’m actually embarrassed to admit that this is actually the first time that I will be teaching about it in my classroom.
I know, I know, you’re probably asking yourself what rock have I been hiding under, right? Yea, I know… it’s only been around since 1981 that’s all… at least I was honest about it.
Anyhow, last week when our administration approached us and asked us to focus on the topic of peace for the following week, I started doing some research… That’s when I came across WORLD PEACE DAY and this great introductory video which I plan on showing to my 3rd graders.
This next video uses pictures and phrases to explain what the word peace is… It’s amazing to me how when you stop and think about it, this small 5 letter word means so many things to so many people across the globe!
After watching both of these videos and discussing our thoughts and feelings on the word PEACE, I’m planning on giving each students a Post-it Note to write what they think about when they close their eyes and think of peace.
|I found this idea on Pinterest|
The following day, we will read the book Whoever You Are by Mem Fox . (Here’s a Youtube video of the book being read aloud, just in case you don’t have the book handy)
Afterwards we will make our own peace flipbooks which you can grab for free by clicking on the pictures below.
Another idea I came across which I absolutely love is to read the book How Full is Your Bucket and then have students write positive notes on “drips” to other students in the class. Then I’ll have them go around and fill their classmates “buckets” just like in this picture I found on Pinterest…
|Click on the picture to take you to the original idea found on Pinterest.|
If you’d like a few more ideas on what to do with your students to celebrate Peace Day check out this Pinterest board which I’ve created.