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Pupils create skits showing relationship problems and discuss how communication, cooperation, and compromise can build strong relationships. In this healthy relationships lesson, students are given a scenario to act out in small groups. Pupils discuss problem solving strategies and Biblical principles that apply.
Eleventh graders identify characteristics of dating relationships that are healthy, unhealthy, or abusive. Students investigate how to deal with conflicts that are part of any relationship and to take the proactive measures required to sustaining healthy relationships. These activities may be followed up by a service learning project.
Students define domestic violence. They identify the signs of abusive relationships, determine community resources, identify what a healthy relationship is. and discover facts about teen dating violence. They increase awareness about the glorification of violence in the media.
A series of activities help middle- and high-schoolers identify and explore gender stereotypes and how they can lead to violence and abuse. Use think-pair-share to activate whole class brainstorming about what it means to "be a man" and "be ladylike." Role play exercises demonstrate how the interplay of stereotypes can lead to violence and abuse, and how to participate in respectful conflict resolution.
Teens, dating, relationships, breaking up, what's appropriate dating behavior? Go through this PowerPoint presentation and discuss all of these things and more. Too often, teens are not sure what's appropriate and what's inappropriate dating behavior. Too much of what they do and don't know comes from what they see on TV or at the movies and is not necessarily the best place to obtain guidance. Use this lesson to have some healthy discussions about relationships.
Students take a closer look at domestic violence. In this family law lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation that requires them to define domestic violence and students then discuss teen dating violence. Students make note of community resources that support victims in abusive relationships.
Students explore the concept of making and maintaining friendships. They identify the important factors in establishing and maintaining friendships. Students establish a definition for the their own social network and create an action plan for meeting their social support needs.
Students identify qualities of a friend and discover an acronym to help with problem solving. In this friendship lesson, students use notecards to identify qualities of a friend and write a definition. Students discuss the acronym DECIDE and apply it to a problem, writing all the steps in their journal.
Does your class need to talk about communication skills? Then use this presentation to go through the key components of communication. It's not all about talking, but also about listening. Of course, there is room for expanded discussions with the class by using what's here in the presentation as a jumping-off point. All the teacher would have to do to expand the lesson is ask the class to share some examples.
Students create a cooperative carousel and a creative project on the idea that each person has an impact on others. For this Touching Spirit Bear lesson, students participate in a sharing circle to discuss the importance of the choices a person makes and the effect on those around him/her. Students keep lexicon study cards, a journal and a learning log.
Students research the warning signs and statistics regarding dating violence. They watch and take notes for the PBS video "Twisted Love: Dating Violence Exposed," conduct Internet research, and in small groups present their information to the class in the form of an oral presentation.
The classic Clifford stories are used in this language arts instructional activity. Students become familiar with words used in various stories about Clifford. They record how many times Clifford's name is used in the book, and complete a sharing worksheet. Each child is invited to bring in their own Clifford book for the instructional activity.