Below are resources for students in grades 7 and 8:
- Peace One Day has a very rich collection of lessons. Jeremy Gilley is the documentary film maker who spent years persuading the United Nations to adopt a fixed date for The International Day of Peace: Sept. 21. Every year there is a new focus. Click on the links until you see the ages 11 – 18 document for either the U.S. or the English world; there you will find many lessons.
- Project Peacemakers is an off-shoot of Project Ploughshares. Learn about it here: Welcome to Project Peacemakers and find many useful lessons. Here are two Project Peacemaker resources for this age group: Children and War Elementary School Kit and Children of War and Playing with Guns
- Birds of a Feather is a play for puppets or children, sponsored by Project Ploughshares. Read the introduction here: INTRODUCTION TO BIRDS OF A FEATHER and get the script here: Puppet Script
- Short Film: Neighbours: In this 1952 Oscar®-winning short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower. Clever, simple, and timeless!
- We have found a drama on child soldiers. Learn about it here: Intro to drama. And here is the play: children and war drama project 25
- The Bugle and the Passing Bell – a CBC radio documentary series about WW1. You can download a summary PDF here, or visit CBC’s page.
- Armoured Warrior Interactive game – Canadian War Museum
- Can your students imagine living in a time when Britain sent quarter of a million underage boy soldiers to fight in World War One?
- The Juno Beach Project Details Lives of Canadian soldiers in this FREE interactive app.
Primary and secondary sources to help you teach about Canada and WWI and WWII and more recent conflicts from The History Education Network
- Use this visual to help your students understand the magnitude of 20 million deaths in World War 1: Imagining the 9.5 million dead soldiers and equal number of civilians killed in World War I
- Family Pastimes is a Canadian company in Perth, Ontario that makes cooperative games. Peace in Our Time is a good, inexpensive game that takes about an hour to play and discuss. Here is a description: PEACE IN OUR TIME game description.
- Go to The Art of Peace Camps for lots of activities and the inspiration to create a peace camp. Down load the free booklet, “Waging Peace”.
- Getting your class into community work? Perhaps you may want to guide them through the process of deciding which actions your community most needs using the Community Toolbox!
- Hollerado, a fairly well known Canadian band made a video for the song “So it goes” about his family’s experience with compassion in WW2 Song and minivideo
Another Way IS Possible: A Remembrance Day Resource for Teachers from the Mennonite Community
- If you are interested to talking about violence in video games, you will be interested in this: Deconstructing Violence in Video Games Media Smarts (1)
- STEP UP boys’ & girls’ workshop LDSB Refusing Violence 2012-13 describes workshops available in the Limestone District School Board that address violence.
- If there is intolerance of gender differences in your school, read sexual orientation in schools qasos-qose-eng published by Health Canada.
- Although written more than a decade ago, the U.N. Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence is worth studying. Ask students to work in groups to suggest how each of these statements would look in practice: MANIFESTO 2000 FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON
- Students’ 2 lines about peace will inspire your students to write their own 2 lines about peace.
- Listen and view this powerful youtube music video about a soldier killed in WW I: WW I music video The Green Fields of France
- Care for the earth is part of peacemaking. Take a look at the YMCA Guide to Environmental Leadership
- The site www.WeDay.org has many news articles and discussion questions that would interest intermediate students. Here are some of the articles; check out the website for more: