Social Justice Lesson Supplement for Grades 3, 4 and 5

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The lessons in the Social Justice Supplement for Grades 3, 4 and 5 teach the practice of mindfulness not only as a means to help students calm down, but also as a skill to help them become kind and courageous peacemakers and agents of positive change. 

We are making this Supplement free to allow all interested educators access these materials.  Please note, though, that these lessons are designed to be taught in conjunction with the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 3 to 5 and/or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5.

We have created this Supplement because we believe that anti-racism work is some of the most important work that teachers can be doing right now.  Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to support this work. The lessons in this Supplement provide a framework for teaching children about racism, discrimination, implicit bias, stereotypes and bigotry. We can’t help to build the world that our children deserve without acknowledging and reckoning with these forces.  We humbly offer these lessons as a way to get you started on the path.  

How you integrate these lessons into the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum that you are teaching is up to you. If you have time to teach them all, wonderful!  If you need to weave these supplemental lessons into the regular Core Curriculum, replacing Core Curriculum lessons with these new lessons, that’s ok too. You know your students, your school and your community best.   Thank you for taking up this important work!

If you are new to Peace of Mind, we urge you to purchase and use the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 3 to 5  if you are teaching 3rd grade or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5 if you are teaching 4th and/or 5th grade.   Find them here: TeachPeaceofMind.org/shop/.  

Contents

  • Introduction 
  • Teaching Mindfulness as an Social Justice Tool
  • Lessons
    • Lesson 1 Identity: Who am I?
    • Lesson 2 Metacognition: Remote Control Breathing
    • Lesson 3 Metacognition: Where are My Thoughts?
    • Lesson 4 Brain Science: Negativity Bias and the Marble Game
    • Lesson 5 Compassion: Heartfulness for Ourselves and Others
    • Lesson 6 Stereotypes: Who’s Moving In?
    • Lesson 7 Stereotypes: Run Like a What?
    • Lesson 8 Stereotypes: Everybody Cries
    • Lesson 9 Bias and Discrimination:  That’s not Fair! 
    • Lesson 10 Metacognition: Using Mindfulness to Notice Bias
    • Lesson 11 Identity:  That’s Not Me!
    • Lesson 12 Counter Stereotypes: Refuting Harmful Stereotypes
    • Lesson 13 Taking Action: Speaking Up
    • Lesson 14 Taking Action: Burgers and Bullying
    • Lesson 15 Taking Action: Dude!
    • Lesson 16 Compassion:  Just Like Me
    • Lesson 17 Reflection and Action
  • Resources for Educators
  • Bibliography
  • About the Authors

Description

In this set of lessons, we teach the practice of  mindfulness not only as a means to help students calm down, but also as a skill to help them become kind and courageous peacemakers and agents of positive change. 

We are making this Supplement free to allow all interested educators access these materials.  Please note, though, that these lessons are designed to be taught in conjunction with the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 3 to 5 and/or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5.

We have created this Supplement because we believe that anti-racism work is some of the most important work that teachers can be doing right now.  Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to support this work. The lessons in this Supplement provide a framework for teaching children about racism, discrimination, implicit bias, stereotypes and bigotry. We can’t help to build the world that our children deserve without acknowledging and reckoning with these forces.  We humbly offer these lessons as a way to get you started on the path.  

Before diving into these supplemental lessons, we recommend: (1) teaching enough lessons in the Core Curriculum to allow your students to acquire a solid foundation in mindfulness and brain science and (2)  going through enough rounds of Kindness Pals to establish the positive connections among your students that will support the challenging conversations ahead.  

In the end, though, how you integrate these lessons into the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum that you are teaching is up to you. If you have time to teach them all, wonderful!  If you need to weave these supplemental lessons into the regular Core Curriculum, replacing Core Curriculum lessons with these new lessons, that’s ok too. You know your students, your school and your community best.   Thank you for taking up this important work!

If you are new to Peace of Mind, we urge you to purchase and use the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 3 to 5  if you are teaching 3rd grade or the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5 if you are teaching 4th and/or 5th grade.   Find them here: TeachPeaceofMind.org/shop/.  

 

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