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Upper Elementary | Sample Lesson Plans
For the 6 lesson plans focusing on passages from the Christian Bible, the Middle School group reads the actual Biblical narrative. Translations used include New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), World English Bible (WEB), English Standard Version (ESV), and Contemporary English Version (CEV). In many cases, they read a bit more than the Upper Elementary group, and handouts of the readings are included, so the kids can participate by reading aloud.
The Bible passages are also used to introduce something relevant from another faith tradition. For example, in the lesson on Jesus Calming the Storm, they read a Buddhist passage about remaining calm, even in the “midst of a storm,” and a short guided meditation is provided. As another example, in the lesson on Worrying Less, they read a couple of short passages from the Baha’i tradition. These additional readings are slightly longer and more in-depth than those provided for the Upper Elementary group.
The introductory lesson also uses short passages from a variety of sacred texts.
For the 8 lesson plans centered on other faith traditions, narratives are provided. They are about 1,000-1,300 words long with discussion questions interspersed after every 350-400 words or so. Some of the questions focus on story content, some help the kids apply story events to their own lives, and some are just for fun. All are designed to keep the kids engaged in the story, its characters, and its teachable moments. For this age group, we also hope the answers will provide insight into the differing views that arise even when everyone hears the same passage/story. Follow-up discussions therefore provide opportunities for the kids to share their own views, to appreciate the perspectives of others, and to begin dealing compassionately with differences that might arise. Illustrations are also included for each passage/story.
Crafts are more complex and often involve making something three-dimensional or something that requires a bit more effort to put together. Activities often revolve around cooperation and group process.
|Peace-related stories, crafts, and activities in 15 easy-to-use lesson plans for 4 different age groups