1st Grade Classroom Guidance


Playing Fairly

Learning Target: Students will be able to apply STEP problem solving steps to learn to play fairly.

Why This Lesson Matters: Negotiating and deciding on rules for playground play can cause conflicts among students. In this lesson, students apply the Problem-Solving Steps to negotiate game rules. This gives students a constructive process for working out differences and helps them avoid using aggression to solve problems.

Activity: After we played our Brain Builder to warm up our brains, we discussed a story about kids on the playground that were playing a game, decided to play another game but couldn't agree on the rules for the new game. No one was playing or having fun. After we probelm solved for the kids in the story, I gave each team of 4 people a paper ball to play a game called "Paper Sweep." However, before they were allowed to play the game they had to decide on the rules of the game, ie who went first, what happens if the ball hits the floor, etc. After the rules were established for each team, they were allowed to start their game. At the end of class we processed as a whole group what went well with their group and what didn't. We discussed the importance of LISTENING to everyone in the group's ideas THEN making decisions about the rules. The groups that got started the quickest were the ones that every group member felt HEARD. This is an important skill for everyone to learn.

Application: Ask you child to introduce your family to the "Paper Sweep" game and decide on the rules as a family and encourage your child to listen to EVERYONE'S input as being a respectful member of the team.

ASCA (American School Counseling Association) Standard: PS:A1.5 Students will acquire self-knowledge by identifying and expressing feelings.