Students discuss biases and recognize that we all have biases, but we aren't always aware of them. Since people have different experiences, we all develop different biases. Students learn that a bias can create an unfair situation.
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.
Play a game called "Find the Common Trait." In this game, the students mingle around the room slowly, until the teacher says a number between 2 and 5. Upon hearing the number, the students quickly join into groups of the named number. In that group, they need to talk among themselves until they find something they all have in common. It may be something physical such as eye color or type of shoes, or it may be something related to an interest, a practice, or their family. When they find a commonality, they raise their hand and tell the teacher. When the teacher hears from all the groups, the students mingle again. They form a new group of a different number named by the teacher. In the new group, they look for a common trait again. After playing two or three times, debrief with the class. Ask them if it is difficult to find something that they have in common. Discuss why it is easy to find differences with others. Then ask them how finding things in common between diverse people helps them in a conflict.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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