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Star Light 01-15-2016 11:25 AM

Any good lessons, video clips, songs, or activities for forgiveness? My 5th graders like to hold onto grudges, so I want to do a lesson that will stick with them. Thanks!

GraceKrispy 01-15-2016 08:10 PM

Hmm... good question!

I'm not sure about activities/resources for forgiveness, per se, but it sounds like your class might benefit from resources for effective conflict resolution and effective communication.

Here are some links that might be useful, at least as jumping off points (in no particular order):

Hopefully others will pipe up with other suggestions. I'll see if I can think of other resources!

eeza 01-16-2016 10:27 AM

Nice links, GraceKrispy!

I also don't have anything specific, but I think having a discussion about what forgiveness means (because forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting) and the effects of deciding to forgive or deciding not to forgive.

When I taught the upper grades, I would do a Morning Meeting every day with Fridays being tweaked into a Solving Circle. I would probably integrate this into both times, but really focus on the Solving Circle time. Start by modeling a time when you had the choice to forgive or not and what was the result of your decision. You could then present some scenarios in which the students would discuss the pros and cons of forgiving in each situation. Then hopefully students would be comfortable enough to share their own situations (it could be anonymous too). This would be over many days and should be an ongoing activity because it's a good life lesson.

Hope this helps! :D

GraceKrispy 01-23-2016 06:56 PM

Hey Star Light :) Was any of that helpful? How's it going with your class?

You could also use a book to start with and come up with some additional activities/discussions. This book is a little juvenile, but might be a good jumping off point: Don't Hug a Grudge. I haven't actually used that book, but some people have really liked it.

Michelle Garcia Winner also has a lot of social thinking curriculum materials. The Superflex series offers some skills for dealing with others and functioning socially. It's geared for kids with ASD and ADHD and other disability categories who might need additional social help, but some of the ideas can really help with all kids who are still learning how to interact with others. A website with ideas is here. You might find other sites with a google search if you think Superflex characters might e helpful.

Let us know how it goes!

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