PeaceWorks Curriculum

Below are some examples of our current in-school PeaceWorks Curricula

 Elementary School Programs

Cool Learns It’s Okay to Get Angry

Preschool- Kindergarten

Children learn why it is normal to feel angry, how to manage angry feelings and how to solve problems without hurting anyone physically or emotionally.  The purpose of this lesson is to teach them the Stop, Take 5 & Think method which is designed to teach peaceful behavior.

 

Take A Walk In My Shoes

Kindergarten to First Grade

Empathy is the ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of another person. Interactive exercises allow young children to feel what others experience and help them to begin to develop empathy and compassion.

 

Hip Learns to Take 5

First Grade

Students will review or learn how their bodies send anger signals, practice ways to calm down and learn how to brainstorm ideas to solve problems safely and fairly.

 

Petals for Peace

First to Second Grade

While integrating the Stop, Take 5 & Think method, students will use a “peace flower” to brainstorm different methods of peacefully solving problems. Each petal will represent a positive solution to a problem.

 

Constructing Peace

First to Third Grade

Using the Stop, Take 5 & Think method, students will discuss how, when they get angry, they can access their own “anger tool box.” The tool box will include their own individual self-calming and problem solving “tools.”

 

PeaceTalks

Second Grade

Building on the Hip & Cool programs, students will learn that using unkind speech (name-calling, gossiping, bragging and using put-downs) can hurt someone on the inside. Students will learn what qualities make a kind speaker and effective listener.

The Anger Channel

Second to Third Grade

Students will talk about how everyone gets angry, but not everyone gets angry about the same things. Students will identify individual anger triggers and create an artistic project using weather metaphors to re-enforce the Stop, Take 5 & Think method.

 

Superheroes for Peace

Third Grade

Students will discuss factual superheroes who behaved peacefully and achieved change. This program will challenge students to develop socially responsible behavior in their own lives.

 

Seeing Things Clearly

Third to Fifth Grade

Children will become aware of what their bodies look and feel like when they experience different emotions, such as sadness, excitement or anger. They will learn how to recognize these physical signs, express themselves appropriately and communicate effectively with others.

 

Conflict Detectives

Fourth Grade

Integrating the Stop, Take 5 & Think method, students will learn the dimensions of conflict, how to appropriately express feelings, practice active listening techniques and understand the importance of compromise.

 

Bully Erasers

Fourth to Fifth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of tolerance and empathy and their impact in creating a peaceful society. The PeaceWorks educators will assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing bullying behaviors and safety planning skills.

 

PeaceMakers

Fourth to Fifth Grade

PeaceWorks educators will lead a discussion on the students’ ideas of peace using examples of historical figures that used peaceful methods to create world change. Discussion will include ways of creating social change in the students’ communities.

 

Cyber Bullying

Fifth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of safety and empathy and their impact on creating peaceful online and school communities. PeaceWorks educators assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing cyber bullying behaviors and safety planning.

*According to iSafe.org, cyber bullying is a quickly growing epidemic that has affected nearly half of all school-aged children. Bullying is no longer restricted to face-to-face encounters. Students are using Instant Messaging, chat rooms, e-mails, cell phones and social networking sites to target classmates.

 

 

Middle School

Justices of Peace

Sixth Grade

PeaceWorks educators will lead a discussion on the students’ ideas of peace using examples of historical figures that used peaceful methods to create world change. Discussion will include ways of creating social change in the students’ communities.

 

Anger Scientists

Sixth Grade

Students will learn about the chemistry of anger by investigating ways their bodies physically react when they are angry. Students will be taught calming techniques and how to manage their own anger “chemistry.”

 

Positive Directions

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will learn how individuals and families react to conflict. PeaceWorks educators will define what hurtful behaviors are, between whom they can occur and the effects these behaviors have on the family and community. Options for personal safety today and in the future are explored as well.

 

Five of a Kind

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will discuss the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy interpersonal relationships. Students will then participate in an interactive group activity focused on negotiating their needs and wants in a relationship.

 

kNOw Bullying

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of tolerance and empathy and their impact in creating a peaceful society. PeaceWorks educators assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing bullying behaviors and safety planning skills.

*According to Operation Respect, “Everyday in the United States 160,000 middle school students do not come to school because they fear being bullied.” Bullying and teasing can no longer be accepted as a part of growing up in our society.

 

Cyber Bullying

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of safety and empathy and their impact on creating peaceful online and school communities. PeaceWorks educators assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing cyber bullying behaviors and safety planning skills.

 

Recognizing, Responding, Resolving

Seventh to Eighth Grade

Using interactive exercises, students will learn to develop constructive and effective ways of expressing and handling their conflicts safely. They will examine the consequences of angry behavior and learn safe conflict resolution skills.

 

IRelationships

Eighth Grade

Adolescents need to develop their own self-awareness and boundaries in order to articulate their individual values. Students will learn how to incorporate the components of safe and healthy interpersonal relationships in their daily lives.

 

It’s How You Say It!

Eighth Grade

Students will be engaged in a discussion of how people communicate differently. The PeaceWorks educators will examine how active listening, disagreeing respectfully and sharing opinions are important parts of the communication process.

 

 

High School

It’s Not Okay…

Ninth Grade

Students will identify positive communication styles, concepts of responsibility, elements of healthy decision making and safety planning.

The statistics on physical violence are alarming; one out of three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or physically hurt by their partner. What is less understood is that emotional and verbal abuse are much more difficult to recognize, can be far more harmful, and have a longer lasting impact.

 

Behind the Smile

Ninth to Eleventh Grade

Interpersonal relationships that may “look good” on the outside may not necessarily develop into what each partner expects. PeaceWorks educators will discuss the differences between healthy disagreements and the warning signs of abusive relationships.

 

Under the Mask

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Students will learn how anger may mask frustration, disappointment and sadness. Discussion revolves around understanding these dynamics and appropriate responses to conflicts in interpersonal relationships.

 

Cyber Bullying

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of safety and empathy and their impact on creating peaceful online and school communities. PeaceWorks educators assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing cyber bullying behaviors and safety planning skills.

 

It’s All About You

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Adolescents need to develop their own self-awareness and boundaries in order to articulate their individual values. Students will learn how to incorporate the components of safe and healthy interpersonal relationships in their daily lives.

 

Gender and the Media

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Every day, students are bombarded by hundreds of media images. By critically examining these images, the students will learn how media messages create an atmosphere of gender-based violence in our society.

 

Why Stay?

Tenth Grade

The Cycle of Violence is a pattern of behavior which keeps victims and abusers locked in their abusive interpersonal relationships. It is essential for teens to understand how this cycle may impact an interpersonal relationship and the importance of safety planning.

 

Interpersonal Violence in Literature

Eleventh to Twelfth Grade

Students will critically analyze the theme, tone, character construction, ideas and attitudes in a piece of literature while examining the dynamics of interpersonal violence.

 

After Graduation: New Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships

Twelfth Grade

The students discuss how interpersonal relationships after high school will be different. How will college, jobs, new places, new faces or other changes impact an existing interpersonal relationship or a new one.

 

 

 

PeaceWork Shops

PeaceWorkSHOPS are conducted onsite at after school programs, faith communities, youth organizations and social service agencies for students in pre-K to twelfth grade. Curriculum is interactive and age-appropriate and is an extension of PeaceWorks School Based Programs. Below you will find examples of past PeaceWorkSHOPS.  PeaceWorks will be happy to work with individual organizations to develop customized programming.

 

Puppets for Peace

Pre-School to Third Grade

Children will become aware of what their bodies look and feel like when they experience different emotions, such as sadness, excitement or anger. They will make different puppets representative of each emotion that will help them to express themselves appropriately and communicate effectively with others.

 

Take a Walk in My Shoes

Pre-School to Third Grade

Empathy is the ability to understand the thoughts and feelings of another person. Interactive and creative exercises allow young children to feel what others experience and help them begin to develop empathy and compassion.

 

It’s Okay to Feel Angry

Pre-School to Third Grade

Students will learn and practice the Stop, Take 5 & Think method and review how their bodies send them anger signals, ways to calm themselves and to brainstorm ideas to solve a problem safely and fairly.

 

Constructing Peace

Pre-School to Third Grade

Using the Stop, Take 5 & Think method, students will discuss how, when they get angry, they can access their own “anger tool box.” The tool box will include their own individual self-calming and problem solving “tools.”

 

Superheroes for Peace

Third to Fifth Grade

Students will discuss factual superheroes that behaved peacefully and achieved change. This program will challenge students to develop socially responsible behavior in their own lives.

 

Beyond Words

Fifth to Eighth Grade

Students will learn that using unkind speech (name-calling, gossiping, bragging and using put-downs) does not help them communicate how they feel or resolve a conflict. PeaceWorks educators will facilitate exercises about non-verbal communication and listening skills.

 

Character Matters

Fifth to Eighth Grade

PeaceWorks educators will provide the students with a short story that deals with different characters overcoming diversity, conflict and other problems young people face today. Students will understand choices available to solve conflicts safely.

 

Blocking Bullies

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will discuss the importance of safety and empathy and their impact on creating peaceful online and school communities. PeaceWorks educators assist students in practicing realistic options for addressing cyber bullying behaviors and safety planning skills.

 

Superheroes for Peace

Sixth to Eighth Grade

Students will discuss factual superheroes that behaved peacefully and achieved change. This program will challenge students to develop socially responsible behavior in their own lives.

 

RelationshipU

Seventh to Twelfth Grade

Students will discuss what qualities they desire in interpersonal relationships through interactive role-playing activities and artistic expression. This program will address the differences between healthy and unhealthy behavior versus what is ‘normal’ in both a fun and informative manner. This program focuses on setting boundaries and addressing how act as a supportive peer.

 

Teen Leadership Advocacy Training: Education into Action

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Students will learn about the issue of interpersonal violence through interactive activities. They will also gain peer leadership skills that encourage teens to spread awareness, educate peers, and become advocates on both a local and global level.

 

Teen PeaceWorks

Teen PeaceWorks recognizes the importance of teen leadership and advocacy. It gives teens in area high schools the opportunity to stand up against Teen Dating Violence, an issue that affects so many teens in our communities. The student-led groups raise awareness about the issue of intimate partner violence and the importance of maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. Teen PeaceWorks activities are facilitated by teens, with PeaceWorks staff available for guidance.

During October, Domestic Violence Awareness month, and February, Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness month, Teen PeaceWorks groups organize awareness events throughout their schools and communities. Some of their activities include: distributing awareness materials, creating posters, murals, banners and t-shirts with information about intimate partner violence, and creating and airing public service announcements. Teens have also been involved in community-wide forums on cyber bullying and the use and abuse of technology.

 

Teen Leadership Advocacy Training: Education into Action

Ninth to Twelfth Grade

Students will learn about the issue of intimate partner violence through interactive activities. They will also gain peer leadership skills that encourage teens to spread awareness, educate peers and become advocates on both a local and global level.

 

For more information about Teen PeaceWorks, please call PeaceWorks Educators at (203) 588-9100.