Teaching Tips: Conflict Resolution
These sites contain activities and discussion ideas to help students learn about conflict and practice the skills involved in identifying and resolving conflicts peacefully. There are stories that illustrate conflict situations, videos, and role-playing opportunities so that students can see and practice the techniques described.
Be Strong, Be Mean, or Give in?
Here are two lesson plan ideas that explore some of the options people have when dealing with conflict situations. Includes lessons for elementary, middle, and high school levels. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Conflict Resolution Activities
These activities are designed to encourage young students to think about peaceful ways to solve problems.
Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills
This is a list of rules for fighting fair.
Solving Minor Problems
The purpose of this activity is to see if students can identify four steps to use when solving minor problems with other students.
Working Out Conflicts
This site outlines the steps for peaceful conflict resolution and offers several ideas for activities to practice these steps. Also available in Spanish.
What's so Bad or Good about Conflict?
In this activity, students can explore ways in which conflict can be good or bad, and create a bulletin board about conflict. NOTE: This page links to a site that contains ads and pop-ups.
What About Fighting?
This guided discussion encourages students to think about the consequences of fighting to resolve conflicts. NOTE: This page links to a site that contains ads and pop-ups.
Acting Out Conflict
This lesson activity uses the "Tape Recorder Fight Play" script. After the script is acted out, students can have a chance to practice a problem solving approach to conflict resolution. NOTE: This page links to a site that contains ads and pop-ups.
Tape Recorder Fight Play
This role-play script is used in the "Acting Out Conflict" lesson plan, in which two students have a conflict over a tape recorder. NOTE: This page links to a site that contains ads and pop-ups.
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
There are many ways that people resolve conflicts that they have with each other, some of which have names. With this exercise, students can learn to identify some of the vocabulary terms used in conflict resolution. NOTE: This page links to a site that contains ads and pop-ups.
PBS: It's My Life
This website describes activities for teaching children the skills needed to deal with bullies by promoting positive social skills such as cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution. There are links to a video, worksheet, and short story about bullying.
Fair is Fair
Why is it important to have rules? This lesson plan refers to the book Kids with Character, by Maureen Duran. Students can participate in two unfair activities and three role-playing scenarios that illustrate the concept of fairness.
Are You a Peacemaker or a Man Eating Shark?
This is a lesson plan to be used with the book Great White Man-Eating Shark by Margaret Mahy. Students can learn the difference between negative and positive behaviors used in conflict situations.
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