Peace It Together: Playing Fair
Col. John Robinson School

Students will be able to define what it means to be a good sport and what to do when you win and lose.

Students will be able to define what it means to be a good sport and what to do when you win and lose.
Newsprint, marker, and Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm (2006, HarperCollins)
1. Introduction
Last week we learned about when and how to say, "No."
You must say, "Yes" when you have made a promise or it is your responsibility.
You must say, "No" when someone invites you to engage in mean behaviors like name calling, taking something that doesn't belong to you, etc.
It is ok to say, "No" sometimes when you want to be alone, don't want to lend a treasured item, don't want to play a certain game, are busy, or just don't feel like it unless it is a responsibility or something you agreed to do.
It is not ok to make, "No" a habit to hurt or exclude someone.

Steps for saying, "No."
Stop
Think about the reason for saying, "No."
Decide.
Say, No." in a caring way and give the reason. (i.e., No, thank you. Maybe tomorrow. I'll pay with you at the next recess.)

This week we will be learning about what it means to be a good sport and what to say if you win or lose.

2. Lesson
Read Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm. Brainstorm what it means to be a good sport and record it on newsprint. Be sure to include:
Making a deal when rules change.
Sticking with the game even when you're losing or it is difficult
Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose
Being honest
Accepting that we all have different abilities.
Discuss the things to say and do if you when and then if you lose. Record these on newsprint. If time allows, role play.

3. Practice
Instruct students to practice these skills during snack, recess, and the next week. Let students know the adults will be trying to catch students using these skills.