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Fourth graders practice their close reading skills with a short text on conflict resolution. Working in pairs, learners read and reread the article Smart Speak by Marilyn Cram Donahue as they identify the main idea and use context clues to understand challenging vocabulary. The class uses the text to begin making a list of rules to improve their school community, as they work toward the long term goal of writing a school constitution. Consider having students create skits to act out the conflict resolution strategies from the article as an extension activity. This is a great resource for teaching how to read closely, and can very easily be adapted to any piece of writing.
Conflicts that happen on the schoolyard or at lunch can provide a learning opportunity for students.
Fourth graders investigate conflict and social justice. In this conflict resolution lesson, 4th graders consider conflicts they have experienced and think about how they could have applied conflict resolution strategies to change the outcome. Students also read "The Maligned Wolf" and take part in a classroom skit regarding conflict resolution.
Students investigate student psychology by reading assigned text about nonviolence. In this conflict resolution lesson, students read nine specific steps they should take the next time they are in an argument with someone. Students discuss their own history of conflicts with the class.
Students analyze concepts related to health promotion and conflict resolution. In this character education lesson, students answer discussion questions about resolving conflicts. Students complete a conflict resolution activity using a fairy tale topic.
Students develop conflict mediation and resolution skills by applying the nonviolence philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King. In this conflict resolution lesson, students watch a video about Dr. King and review quotes from him. Students discuss how his approach to conflict resolution can be applied in their own lives.
Conflict resolution is an important part of a positive school experience. Here, learners practice strategies to resolve problems. They learn how to use I statements, engage in role plays, and practice giving affirmation.
Students identify and discuss different types of conflicts in which they have been involved, discuss positives and negatives about how conflicts were resolved, and role play situations discussed to practice conflict resolution skills.
Middle schoolers consider how communication skills may diffuse conflict. In this conflict resolution lesson, students play a word game and discuss how vocabulary may contribute to creating conflict of diffusing it.
Students complete discussion and activities to identify healthy ways of resolving conflicts. In this conflict resolution lesson, students answer discussion questions, complete two conflict resolution activities, and one cartoon worksheet for the topic.
Students write a persuasive essay arguing for their preferred method of trial. For this trial lesson plan, students study the history of conflict resolution and the current jury system.
Students discuss strategies for solving conflicts and acting as peacemakers. They answer questions regarding conflict resolution skills in a fishing game, and respond to a conflict in a written journal entry.
While not everybody will end up married, everybody does need to know how to resolve conflict. Learners examine several real-life scenarios involving a married couple. They use problem-solving strategies to help the couple come to an amiable resolution. Thirteen activity options and a number of attachments are included.
The wood sculpture Nkisi Nkondi is said to have been used to aid in conflict resolution. Learners pretend they are journalists reporting on a conflict in which the figure was used to resolve an issue. A creative and interesting use of both art and imagination. 
Students use conflicts in the Middle East to explore tactics of conflict resolution.
After rereading parts of the Iroquois Constitution from previous lessons as well as articles on conflict resolution and bullying, fourth graders work in pairs to write sections of their school constitution. Using the provided writing frame, learners identify a problem they observe in school, create a rule to address the issue, and explain how the situation will be improved. This activity meaningfully engages students in using their writing to make a positive impact on their school.
Students discover ways of dealing with conflicts at school by reading a guide.  In this psychology lesson, students identify how conflicts are started with fellow classmates by reading a trade-book with their class.  Students read each step of the manual to discover solutions to everyday conflicts.
Young scholars study the three ways people react when in conflict: loud, soft and think and share. They also study some of the possible benefits and drawbacks of each of these conflict management styles.
Students explore the character trait of self-discipline using the book Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. They listen to the story, and discuss the conflict resolution techniques of retreat, rethink, and react. Students then write a letter to Lilly about using the Three R strategy for dealing with anger.
Students examine the jury system used throughout history. They act out a conflict in class and use different types of juries and conflict resolution methods. They write their reactions to each of the different types of resolutions.

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