Students define what fairness means to them and compare and contrast definitions. They build empathy as they discuss others' experiences with fairness.
One 20-minute lesson
The learner will:
This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to generationon.org.
Printout of Attachment One: Fairness Definitions. These definitions will be cut apart and displayed around the room.
Ask the students if they remember in elementary school when their teachers gave rewards (such as candy, stickers, or privileges) for good work or behavior. Discuss whether they thought it was fair to give some students and not others a reward [something given in return for a desired behavior] for good work. How did they feel about not getting a privilege [a right granted as a benefit] when someone else got one? Discuss whether it is fair to reward good behavior or good work in middle school with candy, privileges, or grades. Ask the students if fair treatment changes for different ages and in different settings. Discuss how fairness could mean different things to different people.
Have each group create an illustrated poster or a role-play that exemplifies their definition of fairness.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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