Classroom Activities

August 10, 2015
Students will: Engage in a story-telling and web-weaving activity Begin building the classroom community Discuss the butterfly effect and interconnectivity Explore issues in the news this summer…
June 3, 2014
Here's an activity that helps students (K-6) see themselves as active players in the world.  Begin with an introduction that might go something like this: People have a lot of strength within…
March 30, 2014
Here's a 7-step process your students can use to practice their problem-solving skills - and solve an actual problem while they're at it!   1.  Have students list as many classroom problems as they…
March 12, 2014
Physical fighting can be a difficult issue in schools, particularly middle schools.  This activity was developed to address the issue of fighting, and to link it to the question of how safe children…
February 5, 2014
In this activity students propose actions for addressing social injustices and look at ways that other young people have responded to injustice. Divide students into groups of four.  Each group…
January 23, 2014
Here's a fun way to get students working and strategizing together. It's adapted from Adventures in Peacemaking, by William J. Kreidler.   Materials: 12 paper plates, carpet sections or place mats…
July 23, 2011
By Emma Rose Roderick   The following, adapted from a paper by Emma Rose Roderick, was written in conjunction with a classroom activity that is available on this website, Work, Workers & the U.…
March 12, 2008
To the Teacher: This roleplay gives students a sense of the give and take of the political process by asking students to play the role of political parties (each with its own constituency, resources…
February 27, 2008
Teacher Instructions Students will be divided into 11 groups with about two to three students per group. The party candidate groups might include four students. The groups are: the Nation party…