No David! I’m a Peacemaker!

A few weeks ago, sweet Julie over at Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten wrote this great little post about Peacemakers & Peacebreakers.  Immediately, I was smitten…absolutely IN.LOVE with her idea.  In our Social Studies curriculum for the first few weeks of school, we’re supposed to teach the littles about rules, people who make rules, consequences, etc.  Julie’s Peacemaker activity was just TOO perfect not to implement!!! 

We read No David!, David Goes to School, and David Gets in Trouble.

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Of course, the kids got a giant kick out of the bare bottom picture of David running through the street.  They just LOVE David…as naughty as he may be :)  I had already read “How to Fill a Bucket” and introduced bucket filling, so my firsties were immediately all, “David is being a BUCKET DIPPER!!!!!!”.  LOVE.  It was the perfect segue into talking about the differences between Peacemakers and Peacebreakers.  We made a couple of anchor charts with their ideas of what each looks like…

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After brainstorming a little about Peacemakers/breakers we made little {Julie Lee inspired} Davids with speech bubbles that said, “I’m a Peacemaker when I…”  Seriously, this goes along SO well with our bucket fillers!  Our campus is about to relaunch Rachel’s Challenge {LOVED this last year} in a couple of weeks, and this goes along great with that initiative, too!! 

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I just LOVE using this vocabulary in the classroom!!!  So fitting and age appropriate!The whole grade level is going to hang these on a huge “We are Peacemakers!” bulletin board out in our hallway! 

I made up a cheesy little peacemaker promise/pledge/pact that I had my kids sign.  We said it over, and over, and over again and when they signed it, they had to pinky promise they’d *try* their best to be a Peacemaker ALL the time :) 

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I will be a Peacemaker today & everyday.  With all my actions, in all my thoughts, and in everything I say!” 

Keeping the peace in first grade isn’t always easy.  Kids say and do things that aren’t always very kind.  So, I set up a little “Peacemaker Conflict Corner” in my classroom where the kids will sit and “talk it out” when they’re having problems with each other {I’m hoping this nook isn’t used very often ;)}  

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I made a little Peacemaker guide to problem solving, too…just incase they forget how to resolve their issues :)  You can click on the pic to download a copy if you want :)

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Graphics courtesy of Scrappin’ Doodles

If you haven’t checked out Julie’s original post on peacemakers, go now!

47 comments:

  1. I L.O.V.E this!! So super cute (and so wishing I could draw like you!)!

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  2. Loving this WHOLE post! :) I pretty much pinned everything, so I "borrow" your ideas...I'm thinking of doing these activities the second week of school once my kinders are a little settled into the routine! Thanks for all the great ideas!!!
    LeAnne
    Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper

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  3. Girl, you got some talent! I am a stick figure kinda gal myself! haha...

    Cute book that you made... reminds me of a program called Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky Bailey which we use at our school. It really teaches kids how to handle situations. We teach kids breathing techniques, family oriented atmosphere, and read a series of books called Shubert that are really great for conflicts how to handle certain situations. You should look into them!

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  4. @Michelle & LeAnne...y'all are too dang sweet!

    @First Grade Buzz...THANK YOU for the recommendation!! I've NEVER heard of that program or the books!! I'm so excited for some new resources...sounds awesome!! Thank you!!

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  5. Conscious Discipline is AMAZING! I just posted on my blog about it!

    http://heathersfirstgradeheart.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love it girl! Makes me want to change my plans for tomorrow. I totally just Pinterested you! HUGS!

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  7. @Cara: Everyone is right! Your anchor charts are amazing! You seriously have talent... do you draw them ahead of time and then just fill them in in class, or do you do it ALL in front of the kids?

    Also, if you're interested in the Conscious Discipline they have a truly *A-MA-ZING!!!* CD that works fabulously during Morning Meeting/Circle Time its called "It Starts in the Heart" but you can only purchase it off of the Conscious Discipline site:

    www.consciousdiscipline.com OR www.lovingguidance.com {both of the sites belong to Dr. Becky Bailey}

    I totally pinned your ideas too! I was just thinking about "No David!" today, as a matter of fact, because I was planning on going over it with my stepson who got in trouble and got a 'frown face' for the first time EVER on his second week in Kindergarten.

    Happy Teaching!

    www.theteachingbug.blogspot.com

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  8. Cara--you're so da'gum creative!!! I'm doing this next year!

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  9. Rachel's Challenge came to my school district last year. It was an amazing presentation (I cried several times. Your peacemakers unit really brings her message down to a level that k-1 kids can understand. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Girl, your anchor charts are WAAAAY cuter than mine!! I love your twist on ALL of it! So very cute!! I love the "Peacemaker corner" too....may have to try that one! Thanks for the shout out!

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  11. you're so welcome! Wanted to pay it forward and share something with you since you share so much with us!

    Although, I can't believe you haven't heard of Conscious Discipline!!! If you're interested in knowing more about it, I can email you more (I had to use it a LOT last year for one of my sweet friends who is bipolar and it works ah-mayzingly). If you like the music thing, I have 4 or 5 of the CDs and we listen to them every day. So there are a lot out there!

    Krista

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  12. Just got back from school and copying things to make Julie's Peacemaker for tomorrow. I had to laugh when I saw your blog when I got home. Gotta love your Peacemaker/Peacebreaker signs!! You are too creative!!

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  13. Oh my goodness! Precious! We have a social studies unit on the same topics right now. Hello activity for tomorrow- totally more fun than what I have planned.
    Thanks so much!

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  14. Do you have a template for the little David?
    If so could you please email it to me! I'm so excited to get this together for my little ones. I know they will love it!

    thinkpink_247@yahoo.com

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  15. Cara, as always, you are amazingly inspiring :) Just printed out your Peacemaker Posters for my classroom-thank you so much for sharing!
    Primary Practice

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  16. Seriously LOVE your ideas. Thanks for working so hard! I start school next week and can't wait to use so many of your ideas!

    PS....you are a fantastic artist!

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    ank you! These are too cute! I especially love your drawings of David. LOVE THEM!!
    Thanks again!
    Kerri B
    teacherbitsandbobs.blogspot.com

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  18. You have the best ideas! I will be using this next week in my classroom! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!

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  19. We read "David Goes to School" the first week too! Now my kids always say "Don't be a David!" When we go over our classroom rules!
    -Ms. Thomas

    The First Grade Jungle

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  20. @Chantelle...I make a "sloppy copy" first when I'm with the kids...we're usually talking too fast and slowing down to really draw & color would take too much time! Plus, I like to downsize all my charts to smaller sheets of paper so they don't take up so much room...I'm limited on space!!

    ThANK Y'AlL for the website and CD recommendations! I'm so excited about that!!!

    And y'all are really filling my bucket with y'alls sweet compliments. Thank you! Now stop it already! HA!

    HUGS!

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  21. I love this so much!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Oh my word, this goes so well with the Conscious Discipline program by Becky Bailey that we use at our school too. Thanks for sharing all your cute little things. My kids at school are loving all the stuff I have found this summer on all these AMAZING blogs!!!

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  23. I love your anchor charts! Super cute!

    You are one of my favourite blogs... you always have such cute ideas!

    First Grade Garden

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  24. Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU, for sharing. We are doing 'character education' at our school and our first 'pillar' is citizenship. I was able to take your wonderfully designed charts and create a very meaningful opportunity for my combined Gr.2/3 class to visit the idea that they are good citizens when they are 'peacemakers'.
    Thank you so much!

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  25. I did this the first week of school too. I love using this vocabulary in the room!!! Very love and logic when you put it back on them.

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  26. I was wondering the same thing about when you make all of your anchor charts! They all turn out so amazing. You could probably sell them! lol

    Hadar
    Miss Kindergarten

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  27. Love your peacemaker ideas! I recently attended a workshop where the keynote speaker was Craig Scott, Rachel's brother. I was wondering how your school launches/promotes Rachel's Challenge and how do you use it in the classroom?

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  28. I love your blog and have been 'stalking' you for a while now. I'm hoping I have finally figured out how to comment :)

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  29. Cara, I have 2 posts about some of the School Family Jobs that Conscious Discipline uses on my blog with free printables. I would love for you to check it out!

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  30. This is AH-MAZING!! I plan on using this after the first week and creating a center for the kids to use as well. We are going to put in some paper for kids if they need to write an apology note and/or plan of action sheets for issues with friends. Teaching them how to work through struggles independently is a huge goal for us in 2nd grade and one that takes work so this is a great start to the year!! Thank you, thank you!!

    www.mspretzel.blogspot.com

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  31. LOVE this lesson - did it with my first graders over two days and they had a blast! I especially love the Peacemaker Promise! Now, rather than saying "are you making a good choice?" I've been saying "are you being a peacemaker or a peacebreaker?" - it seems to get them right back into line! Love, love, love your blog!!

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  32. Your posters inspired me to make a Bucket Fillers are people who... chart (as well as a bucket dipper). I found your blog during the last few weeks of summer and it really helped to get me excited about the school year. You are amazing!

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  33. Do you have a template of David? If you do, can you share it with me? My email is syang@ecasd.k12.wi.us. I would so love to do this with my class. Thank you! And thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

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  34. I love this idea. It will fit with our MLK unit. THANKS!

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  35. This is great. I can do this at the beginning of the year with my 2nd graders too. We could use a little intentional instruction on keeping the peace. :) Thanks!!

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  36. I love, love, love these ideas! I'm a 1st and 2nd grade teacher in a Montessori-based public school. We have a Peace table in our classroom and these ideas will work fabulously with them. Thanks for sharing!!

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  37. I love the posters and the booklet! What a great reminder for the kids! THANKS! :)

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  38. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with teachers all over the world. School starts for me soon and I am totally going to copy this idea!

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  39. This is AWESOME!!!!! I love it. My students this year totally need to have this conversation. I love that your Settling Differences books gives them the responsibility for resolving conflicts. That is such an important life skill to learn. Thanks for sharing this!

    I also am new to the blogging world and would love for you to check out my page. http://compassionate-teacher.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!

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  40. Also, I wondered if you have a template for the little Davids cause I would love to do them with my students.

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  41. Wonderful! I am wrapping up a unit on Martin Luther King Jr and I can! What a wonderful activity to tie it all together. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. Love the problem solving packet! Thank you so much!

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  43. Do you have a template for the David??

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  44. Hi! This is so cute! I would love to teach this to my social skills class. I am not able to open the little Peacemaker guide to problem solving

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  45. I thought I commented already but it must have been on the wrong post. I am also unable to access the Peacemaker guide. Could it be emailed to me?

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