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September 21

Today is the International Day of Peace.

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Today is the International Day of Peace.

Grades K – 12
Calendar Activity Type Holiday & School Celebration

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

The United Nations has declared September 21 as the International Day of Peace. In a message commemorating the Day in 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali stated that "the world, once more, cries out for peace. And for the economic and social development that peace alone can assure... Let us keep our goal clear and simple... Let us work for peace."

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

For middle and high school students:

  • Have students brainstorm a list of conflicts that are happening around the world: Israel-Palestine, Iraq, etc.
  • Ask students to generate a list of reasons why people fight: religion, economics, etc.
  • Have students form groups and assign each group one reason from the list they generated above. In groups, students should discuss and be ready to present possible solutions that could address the causes. It is important to emphasize that students are not trying to solve a particular world crisis, but rather are trying to identify solutions that can work in general (education, tolerance, debt relief, etc.).
  • The groups could then create posters that promote their particular solution. See the lesson plan Designing Effective Poster Presentations for tips and ideas on making posters. For elementary-age students, follow the same process as above, but instead of looking at the world, ask students to focus on conflicts, reasons, and solutions in their school.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • The International Day of Peace

    This site contains a number of links to other websites dealing with ways to become active in promoting peace around the world and in the local communities.

  • Peace Education

    This site, part of the United Nations Cyberschool Bus, contains five curricular units that focus on ecology, tolerance, critical thinking, social justice, and global citizenship.

  • The Nobel Peace Prize

    Read about the outstanding people who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on the official site for the award. The site includes biographies, lectures, and additional information for all the award winners as well as educational material.

  • Peace Corps Kids World

    This kid-friendly site explores the services of the U.S. Peace Corps.

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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Peace Poems and Picasso Doves: Literature, Art, Technology, and Poetry

Students apply think-aloud strategies to reading and to composition of artwork and poetry. They research symbols of peace as they prewrite, compose, and publish their poetry.

 

Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

What does peace mean to you? In this lesson, students attempt to answer this question as they write and perform a short skit that reflects their ideas of peace.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Exploring Author's Voice Using Jane Addams Award-Winning Books

History has many faces in this lesson in which students read Jane Addams Award-winning books to learn about peace, social justice, world community, and equality.