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International Day Of Peace Resources

Found in: social studies, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

21 September 2017 is the International Day of Peace. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”

Lesson Plans:

  • Walk Apart, Walk Together (K-12) Two students stand back-to-back. The class calls out differences. As a difference is called, the students take a step apart. When they reach the end of available space, they turn to face each other. Now, students call out similarities. As a similarity is called, the students take a step toward each other.
  • Potato Activity (K-12) Each student examines a potato to learn its individuality and then introduces their friend to the class.
  • 14 Ways To Say Thank You Internationally (8-10) After completing a word search that shows different ways to say thank you internationally, students work in pairs to find and research a festival or tradition of giving thanks.
  • Generalization And Stereotypes (Grades 9-10) Students distinguish between culture, cultural generalizations and cultural stereotypes and describe how values and behavior may differ between cultures.
  • Exploring Refugees And Asylum Seekers (Grades 9-12) Students examine experiences of refugees during resettlement and learn about organizations that work with refugees. Lesson is aligned with Common Core Standards & AFS Educational Goals and can be downloaded as PDF.

Additional Lesson Plans:

  • Teacher’s Toolbox Lessons in human rights, cultural studies, global awareness, social activism, intercultural learning, and STEM education.

Background Resources

  • UNICEF Kid Power: Educational Resources  promote global citizenship and include lesson, kinesthetic activities, and cultural games aligned to standards. For example,
  • I Am A Global Citizen  ( 602 KB, 4 pgs.) Students in grades 3-5 examine the lives of two global citizens and determine how they affect their communities. Activity Sheet accompanies the lesson.



last updated: September 12, 2017


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