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"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are."
Hafsat Abiola

Lesson Plan: New Year's Resolution Flags or Flowers

Objective: To develop the idea that each one of us can take action that will contribute to making the world a more peaceful place.

Grade Level: All ages - preschool and up

Procedure:

1. Introduce the word resolution and discuss its meaning. A simple definition is a firm promise. Illustrate firmness by giving each student a thin but sturdy stick - like a wooden barbecue skewer - and a colorful chenille stem. Ask: Which one is firmer or harder to bend. Relate this to a promise that you will not change or give up on.

2. Read the book Peace Begins with You by Katherine Sholes for preschool Paths to Peaceand elementary ages. Have older students read  Paths for Peace by Jane Zalben.

3. Discuss different ways each person can help make the world/community/class/family more peaceful. Create a list of resolutions.

4. Pass out small pieces of paper about 4 by 6 in size or cut into circles or flower shapes. Have children write their choice of a resolution on the paper (younger ones can draw a picture. Glue the papers to the barbecue stick. Wrap the chenille stem around the stick to decorate it.

Extensions:

Display their resolutions in the room or hallway by filling small containers or flower pots with gravel or sand and pushing the sticks in to support them.

With younger children hold a peace parade. Visit another class carrying the flags. Have each child explain their resolution.

Use cloth instead of paper. Write with crayon and then iron each one to make it permanent. Take the flags outside and push them into ground along walkways or in another public place.

Study the tradition of prayer flags in Nepal and Tibet. How is making a resolution flag similar and different? Here is an example prayer flag activity from Utopia.


What is the most important resolution we can make to affect change in the world?

We welcome your thoughts and comments. 

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