“Conflict Resolution: Arguments, disagreements, disputes, oh my! You can help your students solve problems without fighting by teaching them conflict resolution skills. These activities will help your students identify potentially explosive scenarios, and develop strategies for dealing with them.” (Kids Health in the Classroom)
This free PDF provided by Kids Health in the classroom, gives links to articles suitable for children, discussion questions and activities for students. There is a great activity based on fairy tales: Goldilocks’ intrusion into the bear’s house and the destruction which follows and the Big Bad Wolf destroying the house that the poor little pigs had struggled so valiantly to build. What about Cinderella being treated like a slave in her father’s house? All of these and many more need conflict resolution! Children can create solutions to solve the conflicts and then share them to consider and discuss how those solutions may help in real life situations.
The second activity: Conflict Corner simulates an online chat dealing with problems. Children become the agony aunt, planning and giving advice to cope with a conflict – once they have decided upon a good solution, they can role play it.
All of the resources needed to do a couple of lessons are provided in the download which can be freely downloaded for classroom use. The conflict Corner activity cards are there, along with print-outs for use with the fairly tale activity. It is a useful document and the links to child-friendly articles may be useful in the classroom too.