This lesson can be taught either collaboratively, or solely by the classroom teacher. The teacher(s) can begin by modeling how to use puppets to role play a conflict scenario. The teacher(s) can create problem scenarios by using social skills books, or taking events that they have observed in real life. A story book is often a good introduction to themes of conflict, and teachers can ask students to draw upon the vocabulary that they use in their classroom to offer solutions. Key phrases and vocabulary are important, since they are used as cues for appropriate behavior.
Students will be able to articulate key character education phrases and vocabulary used in their classroom.
Students will be able to demonstrate role playing and the ability to cooperatively discuss solutions.
A chart with key phrases listed, and/or pictures of key phrases in action.
Several scenarios written out on pieces of paper, in which characters do not use appropriate behavior/make good choices.
A container to put the paper in.
Students are then asked to choose a slip of paper, on which a conflict has been written, out of a container. Students will then role play the scenario with puppets, and the class will discuss possible solutions.
At the end of the lesson, the teacher(s) can provide reflection sheets in which the students can write or draw in response to, “This is the rule the character broke.” And, “This is what he or she could have done differently.”
Teachers can also assess the students’ reflection sheets, and their classroom participation during the discussion portion of the lesson.
In addition, as students are placed in small groups during other lessons and activities, the teacher can check to see if they are using their social skills and problem solving strategies.
Extensions and Adaptations
Related Links and Resources
Core Curriculum Standards for Health and Physical Education: 2.1.2.E.1, 2.1.2.E.2, 2.1.2.E.3, 2.2.2.A.1, 2.2.2.AB.1, 2.2.2.C.1, 2.2.2.C.2.
Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts: SL.1.1, SL.1.2, SL.1.3.
A recommended website for activities and reproducible sheets is “Wings for Kids”, a non-profit
organization that promotes social skills development.
Kristen Potter, First Grade Teacher
Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lawrence Twp. NJ