When I decided that it was important to me to incorporate some Remembrance Day literature into my library classes over the next few weeks, I struggled with finding appropriate books for my kindies and grade 1s.
Then I remembered that I had made my son a hands-on printable peace activity book last year to do together at home and I quickly adapted it for classroom use. Read on to get your FREE downloadable copy of my book and to see how I used it with my littlest of library learners!
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Creating the Peace Book
I created my “Peace Is…” book to stimulate discussion around what peace means and looks like in our daily lives. Each page in the book begins with the words, “Peace Is…” and ends with a different idea.
I’ve included the following concepts: sharing, working together, helping each other, compromising, dealing with conflict using words and not hands, accepting differences, making amends, and caring for each other!
Each page has a question that you can ask your students to get them thinking and responding to that example, as well as room on the bottom half of the page to record student answers.
The book can be given to individual students or groups of students to work on and record answers in, or you could work your way through the book as a whole class, recording answers and ideas together (this option saves a lot of paper!).
“Doing” the Peace Book
When I gathered my kindies together today, I had the Word version of it open on my computer and I projected it onto a screen so they could all see it easily.
I read them each page and asked them the question. I was really impressed with the answers that I got back from these little geniuses!
I will also be asking each student to complete the last page in the book which asks them to illustrate and describe in words, what they think peace is.
I’d love to hear what you think about the book and even better, how your students respond to reading it! Or if you have some great ideas for teaching young students about peace and Remembrance Day – share your comments below!
Get Your Free Full-Colour Printable Peace Activity Book
I’ve created two versions of the book, one for my fellow Canadians and one for my American friends. You can also choose whether you’d like the book in PDF form, or in Word form so that you can add your students’ responses to it.
Please respect my copyright on this book by leaving the copyright information on each page. These downloads may be used for individual and classroom use only. Thank you!
PEACE Is Book for Canadian Schools (Word document)
PEACE Is Book for American Schools (Word document)
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