will observe that people, even friends, may disagree in
needed: Agenda written on chalkboard or chart paper; masking
tape; three large posters, one that reads "Agree," one
"Disagree," and one ''Not Sure."
Go-round. Ask each student to say one thing s/he likes to
do that ends
in -ing. (For example, running, eating.)
Agenda: Briefly introduce the lesson: In today's lesson, we're
going to find out whether we have different ideas about things
and we'll try to respect each other's opinions even when we disagree.
Go over the day's plan and ask if it seems okay.
of times people have different ideas about things. When people
have a strong belief that their idea is true, we call that an
"opinion." For example, it is Marco's opinion that you
should always color the sky blue in your picture. Keisha's opinion
is that it is all right to color the sky pink or gold if you want
to. Even though people have different opinions, they can still
of a difference of opinion
Ask students who think cats make good pets to raise their hands.
Say that all of those people who raised their hands "agree"
on something - that they think cats are good pets. Show them the
sign reading "Agree." Say that this will be our sign
that we agree on something.
Ask which students don't think cats make good pets and would not
have a cat. These people disagree with the idea that cats make
good pets. Show those students the sign reading "Disagree."
The people who don't think cats make good pets disagree with the
people who do.
Show the sign that says "Not Sure." Ask if there
are people in the room who don't know whether they think cats
make good pets. Maybe these people will have an opinion about
whether cats make good pets at some time in the future, but right
now they are not sure what they think about this.
Tape the three posters to the wall in three different corners
of the room.
Next you will be asking students to move to the corner of
the room where a particular sign is posted (those who agree with
the statement can move to the "Agree" corner, etc.)
If having students move around the room is inappropriate for your
class, tape the signs along a continuum on the chalkboard. Then,
instead of having students show their opinion by moving to a corner,
you can have them raise their hands. Write the count above the
"Disagree," "Not Sure" and "Agree"
others know your opinion
1. Tell the students that you are going to make a statement.
Those people who agree with the statement should stand by the
"Agree" sign. Those who disagree should stand by the
"Disagree" sign. Those who aren't sure should stand
by the "Not Sure" sign.
Read one of the following statements:
ice cream is delicious.
is a color I like to wear.
my age should be allowed to decide what time to go to bed.
When they have sorted themselves out according to whether they
agree, disagree, or are not sure, ask a few volunteers from each
group to talk about the opinion they chose. You might also ask
if they see one of their friends standing in a different place
from themselves. Who? Emphasize that sometimes people who are
friends have different opinions about something.
Repeat with the other statements.
questions to ask:
did you decide where to stand in the room?
did you feel about the people who stood in a different place
than you did?
do you feel about the people who stood in the same place you
Sometimes people think the same things we do and sometimes
they don't. We can be friends even if we don't agree on everything.
Ask a few volunteers, What did you like most about today?
Why? What was your least favorite activity?
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