Compliments Can Change the World! (2nd Grade)
In response to the book, Thank You, Mr. Falker, students identify the negative effects of teasing, bullying and discrimination. The students relate philanthropy to positive treatment and respect for others and consider the effects of their own behavior on others.
The learner will:
- define the words teasing, bullying and discrimination.
- investigate ways to address the issues of teasing, bullying and discrimination.
- define philanthropy.
- identify how the main character was teased and discriminated against.
- describe the philanthropic act that Mr. Falker (the hero) performed.
- reflect on feelings of a time he/she gave or received a compliment.
- identify philanthropic acts.
- Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (see Bibliographical References).
- Teaching Peace or Teaching Peace Performance/Accompaniment CD by Red Grammer (see Bibliographical References).
- Large construction paper (11 x 14),markers, pencils
Write a list of ten kind things to say to someone. Make a point of saying two kind things every day.
Write the words teasing, bullying and discrimination on the board. Have the learners share what they think each word means and share some examples of each. Tell them that you are going to read a story based on the real life experiences of the author. Hold up the book allowing a few minutes to discuss the cover. Tell them to listen for examples of these terms as you read the story.
Read the book Thank You, Mr. Falker to the learners and allow time for discussion.
After the book has been read, ask the learners to share some experiences that they may have that are similar to the experiences that Trisha had. Were they teased or not allowed to do something? Did anyone help them overcome something that was difficult to do?
Remind learners the book, Thank You, Mr. Falker discussed ways that acting for the common good, respecting others and their differences reduces conflict in the world.
Discuss the definition of philanthropy: giving and sharing of time, talent or treasure intended for the common good.
Discuss ways in which all the learners can give of their time and talent to the classroom especially as it relates to the terms teasing, bullying and discrimination. List these ideas on the display board.
Discuss ways that acting for the common good, respecting others and respecting differences of others can reduce conflict in school and the community.
Ask the learners to think of a time when their feelings were hurt and how they felt. Ask for volunteers to share a time when they had their feelings hurt and how they felt. Then ask for volunteers to share a time when they received or gave a compliment and how that felt?
Briefly discuss with the learners how most people felt when they were teased or had their feelings hurt compared with how they felt when giving/receiving compliments.
Review with the learners who Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was. Also remind them that he believed that conflicts could be solved by using kind words to get along and work with others.
Ask learners how they can take the knowledge they learned from the book, Thank You, Mr. Falker to carry on Dr. King's legacy.
Brainstorm activities that the learners could do to carry on Dr. King's legacy of using kind words to get along and work with others so that no one in the class has "bad feelings."
Using the lists generated, have the learners develop a plan for helping others in the school and community understand Dr. King Jr.'s ideas of using words to resolve conflicts.
Teacher observation of the learners' participation in class activities will serve as the assessment for this lesson.
Students make a plan to promote kind and fair treatment of others in the classroom and school community.
Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
Benchmark E.6 Explain why acting philanthropically is good for the community, state, nation, or world.
Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
Benchmark E.2 Discuss the importance of respect for others.
Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.
Standard PCS 07. Skills of Civic Engagement
Benchmark E.2 Discuss an issue affecting the common good in the classroom or school and demonstrate respect and courtesy for differing opinions.