Types of Conflict Lesson

Sunday, September 4, 2016

"SHE BULLIED ME." You know the problem. Your sweet, sweet students using the word "bullying" to describe any kind of conflict that results in their hurt feelings. Too much TV? Well-meaning but overbearing parents? Who knows. The struggle is real though.

A couple years ago I stumbled upon the concept of the "rude moment" and "mean moment" as components of teaching types of conflict in a couple great blogs (like this more recent one). Eve Coates has a nice "Is it bullying?" interactive PPT as well. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and include this as a lesson in my 3rd grade conflict resolution unit.

Part 1: Pre-Test. I give all the students this quick "test", asking them to circle "PRE" at the top and reading it aloud. About 95% have no clue what the word "conflict" is.

Part 2: PowerPoint presentation on "types of conflict" that I made. We learn about the type of conflict, they guess my example my looking at the image, they volunteer 1 example, we read some more examples, they tell me what size problem that type of conflict would be (tying it in to our previous lesson).


Part 3: At the end of the PPT are example scenarios for the students to guess the type of conflict in. My 3rd grade classrooms always have the students in table groups and there's usually at least 5 dry erase boards available. Each group gets a board and they write the answer on the board and all hold it up at the same time. So simple...and yet they love it so much!

Part 4: Post-Test. Same test but this time I ask them to circle "POST". I give them brand new tests/sheets for this because my students can't handle keeping their pre test with them and not changing answers and/or fiddling with it, but that would be a great option for more mature/responsible students.

Part 5: Parent Letter. Parents are part of the problem and the solution in helping students correctly identify the type of conflict, which in turns help the students better at solving conflict peacefully (or getting an adult's help when warranted). I send home this letter with all my 3rd graders after this lesson to help get everyone speaking a common language.

***I've edited this lesson some and now have the PPT, sorting cards, and flowchart poster in my TPT store here.


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