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Resources are divided into types of resources as listed below with recommended age groups indicated in orange.
- Lesson Plans & Activities
LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES
- NEW! Pinwheels for Peace – Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world. Download the template and learn more about the project. (P,J,I)
- NEW! Colouring for Peace – Created by volunteer Judy Tse, this colouring book has 12 illustrated pages with one directly referencing the floating of Peace Lanterns on Hiroshima Day. You can learn more about Hiroshima Day in Kingston on their website.(K,P,J)
- KAIROS Blanket Exercise – A teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Can be tailored to suit any age group. Watch the video to get an idea of how it works. (P,J,I)
- We Are One Canada – Benjamin is a 5th grader in Mississauga, Ontario who has a special message for kids across Canada. Help Syrian refugees feel welcome in Canada by the simple gesture of learning a few simple phrases in Arabic. Follow along with Benjamin and his friends in their simple DIY instructional videos! (P,J,I)
- (BONUS! Listen to our interview with Benjamin on the Personal Stories of Peace Blog!)
- 20 minutes activities for 3 – 5 year olds from The Art of Peace Camps –Download sample PDF here. (K,P,J,I)
- Creating a Culture of Peace from Project Peacemakers, an off-shoot of Project Ploughshares (P,J)
- YMCAPeace Week offers many fun activities for young children: YMCA Peace Building Activity Guide & HandsUp Rights of the Child (P,J)
- Peaceful Schools International is a great website, overflowing with free resources. (P,J)
- Another Way IS Possible: A Remembrance Day Resource for Teachers from the Mennonite Community (P,J,I)
- 2 lines about peace will inspire your students to follow these models to write their own 2 lines about peace. (J)
- Care for the earth is part of peacemaking. Take a look at the YMCA Guide to Environmental Leadership (J,I)
- History Education Network offering primary and secondary sources to help you teach about Canada and WWI and WWII. (I)
- PowerPoint Visual: help understand the magnitude of 20 million deaths in World War 1: PDF File here. (I)
- GAME: “Peace in Our Time” takes about 1hr to play and discuss. PEACE IN OUR TIME game description.(I)
- CLASS VOLUNTEERING: Guide class through the process of deciding which actions your community most needs using the Community Toolbox!
- VIDEO GAMES: for talking about violence in video games. Deconstructing Violence in Video Games Media Smarts (I)
- GENDER: If there is intolerance of gender differences in your school, read sexual orientation in schools published by Health Canada.
- U.N. Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence. Ask students to work in groups to suggest how each of these statements would look in practice: PDF File here.
- Red Cross: Children and War Toolkit. Download intro PDF here
- SHORT FILM: Neighbours. In this 1952 Oscar®-winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. Note: please pre-screen for lower grades – features explosions. (J,I)
- CBC RADIO series about WW1, “The Bugle and the Passing Bell”. You can download a summary PDF here, or visit CBC’s page.
- MUSIC VIDEO Hollerado, a fairly well known Canadian band made a video for the song “So it goes” about his family’s experience with compassion in WW2 Song and minivideo (I)
- MUSIC VIDEO about a soldier killed in WW I: WW I music video The Green Fields of France (I)
- NEW! Hand United For Peace was a creative peace education project for grade 4-5 students in Kingston run during the 2015-2016 school year in partnership with a local faith community. We’ve developed a number of resources to support other classrooms and faith communities that may wish to offer a similar project. (J,I)
- The Children’s Music Network offers some great resources for teaching these topics in a musical way. (J)
- DRAMA/PLAY for puppets or children: “Birds of a Feather” sponsored by Project Ploughshares. Read the introduction and get the script here: Puppet Script (J,I)
- ORIGAMI: How to Make a Peace Crane video (J,I)
- World Peace Pledge poster: PDF File here. (J)
- DRAMA on child soldiers. Introductory PDF here. Script:children and war drama project 25 (I)
- NEW! Indigenous Dakota, Nehetho, and Anishinaabe Elders in Manitoba released “The Great Binding Law” which shares guidelines to respect, take care of, and connect with Mother Earth so that all peoples can live in peace. A printable PDF is available for download. Students are invited to illustrate or act-out lines from the document. (J,I)
- Peace One Day has a rich collection of lessons and videos related to The International Day of Peace: Sept. 21. Updated yearly. (P,J,I)
- Resouces on WW1 Child Soldiers from Britain – Noglory.org (I)
- APP: The Juno Beach Project Details Lives of Canadian soldiers in this FREE interactive app. (I)
- Peace Poppies: While red poppies are for Remembrance, white poppies commemorate civilian lives lost and the building of a peaceful culture. You can order white poppies for your class or make your own! (P,J,I)