Conflict Resolution - 3

Continued Growth

Teachers

Goal: While in an educational setting (in class, a school or virtual learning environment), the student will use conflict resolution strategies in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Identify the conflict.
2. Use a learned strategy to resolve the conflict (such as asking an adult for help, walk away from the situation, etc.).
3. Identify the situations that may lead to conflicts.

Definitions of Key Terms: Conflict resolution is the ability to assess a social situation that is not going well and develop strategies to improve current and future interactions. It involves two or more people working together to find a peaceful solution to a disagreement or problem.

Discussion Points:

  • What is a conflict?
  • What are some examples of when conflict may occur?
  • How are conflicts resolved?
  • What can happen if you don’t handle a conflict correctly?

Review Discussion Points:

Possible activities to review the discussion points or use your own:

Think. Pair. Share: The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain to students that the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the procedure to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking a specific question using the discussion topics.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with a teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or scrap paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads a whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (give them 2-5 minutes to complete).
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Other students must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue the process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Conflict

Ask students to think of what conflict means and the different kinds (in school, in class, at home, in your community). On the board or chart paper, create a web of words or phrases that come to mind when thinking of conflict.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board

Encourage students to think of both positive and negative words or phrases to describe conflict. As a group, create a class definition of conflict. Use the web to help.

Activity 2: Identify Conflict

Review the key points from Activity 1 with the students. Ask the students to listen to the conflict as you read it out loud. Use the conflicts listed below or create your own. Discuss the possible resolutions to each conflict situation.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per group
  • Pencil for each group

Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Discuss their answers when all students have finished. Conflict Examples:

  1. Anya and Ken want to see different movies.
  2. Chris used bad language towards his friend when he did not get his way.
  3. Darren broke his friend’s new video game and he doesn’t even care.
  4. Beth did not attend an activity that she promised Tori she would attend.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: As a group, complete the following:

Think of a recent conflict you or others had. Describe the conflict, the different points of view and the way it was resolved.

Activity 3: Conflict Resolution Tips

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with the students. Discuss the five tips for conflict resolution. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet B. Discuss their answers when all students have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Conflict Resolution Tips

    Tip 1: Conflict is a part of life. There is no escaping it. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside won’t help. Talk about it and work towards a solution.

    Tip 2: Don’t make it personal. Learn to deal with the problem, not the person. Conflict occurs because of an issue, not because of a person. Always be respectful and listen.

    Tip 3: Don’t bring up the past. If there has been conflict in the past, let it go. Stick to the present.

    Tip 4: Be understanding. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Remember to be tolerant.

    Tip 5: If you are wrong, accept it and say, “I’m sorry.”

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Review the five conflict resolution tips and answer the questions below.

    Conflict Resolution Tips

    Tip 1: Conflict is a part of life. There is no escaping it. Keeping your feelings bottled up inside won’t help. Talk about it and work towards a solution.

    Tip 2: Don’t make it personal. Learn to deal with the problem, not the person. Conflict occurs because of an issue, not because of a person. Always be respectful and listen.

    Tip 3: Don’t bring up the past. If there has been conflict in the past, let it go. Stick to the present.

    Tip 4: Be understanding. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes. Remember to be tolerant.

    Tip 5: If you are wrong, accept it and say, “I’m sorry.”


1. Which one is the easiest for you? Why?

2. Which one is the hardest for you? Why?

Application Activity

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the script prompt:

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board
  • Markers
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario in which characters are having a conflict
  • Details used by the characters to identify their feelings
  • Ways for the characters to solve the conflict
  • The use of appropriate dialogue to indicate the conflict has been resolved.

Methods for completing this activity include (choose one or a few, depending on your students’ levels and abilities):

Script Writing Practice: Teacher-led discussion of script creation. As a group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate version of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts that demonstrate the script prompt. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

Independent Script Recording: Pair students together to complete two scripts using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student to take turns being character one and character two.

Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from all previous activities and discussions with students. Allow students time to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss their answers when all students have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Complete each below.

1. Describe conflict in your own words.

2. Describe how you can resolve conflict in your own words.