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Life Isn't Always Fair/Grades 2-5
Every adult has heard children whine, "That's Not Fair!"
They hear it at home when a child wants something and doesn’t get it or another child gets something and someone is left out. They hear it at school for the same reasons. For some reason, children believe life is always supposed to be fair. The truth is life is not always fair and every person needs to learn and accept this fact. The lessons in this book help children understand this reality.Life Isn’t Always Fair
includes the original story, Fair Is Where Grandma Took Her Pickles In The Fall and accompanying lesson plans that deal with the topic of fairness-. In the story, the author shares her own and her sisters’ disappointments when one gets something and the others do not or when one can do something better than the others. The story takes a twist when the sisters realize that everyone is good at something and even if you cannot be very good at something, there is no reason not to continue doing it and having fun.
Following the story are six lessons that further cement the reality of fairness. They include:
Stand Up, Sit Down: This lesson teaches children that we each have different strengths. No one is good at everything, but we all are good at something.
Make A Fair Book For The Book Fair: This clever lesson utilizes homographs to teach children about discovering hidden talents. Each student creates a book using homographs and hides his/her special talent in one of its pages. When the class holds a book fair, every student has a chance to read every book and discover his/her classmates’ hidden talents.
Win Some, Lose Some Wrestlers: This lesson utilizes math probability to teach children that no one wins every time at everything. Children love this motivational lesson because they each make toy wrestlers.
Pretzel Nugget Division: This lesson uses pretzel nuggets as manipulatives and helps children understand the difference between the concepts of fair and equal.
In The Group, Out Of The Group: In this lesson, the leader assigns the children to groups, then asks the class to tell why they are grouped that way. This is a great way to involve every child in the class and shows how someone who doesn’t understand the groups’ criteria might feel “That’s Not Fair.”
Everyone Is Sometimes Fair-Haired At School: This lesson uses the format found in the story Fair Is Where Grandma Took Her Pickles In The Fall and applies it to the children’s school lives by having them use their own talents and show how others might feel it is unfair that they do not have the same abilities/talents.
Also included is a Pre/Post Test for those wishing to evaluate the effectiveness of their lessons and 12 supplementary reproducible activity sheets.
This story and series of lessons is a wonderful antidote to the expression, “That’s Not Fair!” and a fun way to teach a concept we all learn sooner or later: “Life Isn’t Always Fair.”
TOPIC: Life skills, fairness
INCLUDES: Reproducible story, six accompanying lessons, supplementary activities
GRADE LEVELS: 2-5/AGES: 7-10
FOR USE WITH: Individuals, small groups, classrooms
AUTHOR: Debra Wosnik
RECOMMENDED FOR: Elementary counselors, elementary teachers, youth group leaders
8.5 x 11, 88 pages, paperback, black & white illustrations, 2006
ASCA STANDARDS FOR LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS FAIR!
Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes,
knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning in school
and across the life span.
A:A1 Improve Academic Self-concept
A:A1.1 Articulate feelings of competence and confidence as
A:A1.2 Display a positive interest in learning
A:A1.3 Take pride in work and achievement
A:A1.5 Identify attitudes and behaviors that lead to
A:A3 Achieve School Success
A:A3.1 Take responsibility for their actions
A:A3.2 Demonstrate the ability to work independently,
as well as the ability to work cooperatively with other students
A:A3.3 Develop a broad range of interests and abilities
A:A3.5 Share knowledge
Standard B: Students will complete school
with the academic preparation essential to choose from a wide range of
substantial post- secondary options, including college.
A:B1 Improve Learning
A:B1.1 Demonstrate the motivation to achieve
A:B1.4 Seek information and support from faculty,
staff, family and peers
A:B2 Plan To Achieve Goals
A:B2.4 Apply knowledge of aptitudes and
interests to goal setting
Standard A: Students will acquire the
knowledge, attitudes and interpersonal skills to help them understand
and respect self and others.
PS:A1 Acquire Self-Knowledge
PS:A1.1 Develop positive attitudes toward
self as a unique and worthy person
PS:A1.2 Identify values, attitudes and
PS:A1.5 Identify and express feelings
PS:A1.6 Distinguish between appropriate and
PS:A1.10 Identify personal strengths and
PS:A2 Acquire Interpersonal Skills
PS:A2.1 Recognize that everyone has
rights and responsibilities
PS:A2.2 Respect alternative points of
PS:A2.3 Recognize, accept, respect and
appreciate individual differences
PS:A2.6 Use effective communications
Standard B: Students will
make decisions, set goals and take necessary action to achieve goals.
PS:B1 Self-Knowledge Application
PS:B1.7 Demonstrate a respect and
appreciation for individual and cultural differences
American School Counselor
Association (2004). ASCA
National Standards for Students. Alexandria, VA: Copyright 2004 by the
American School Counselor Association
LIFE ISN'T ALWAYS FAIR
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LIFE ISN’T ALWAYS FAIR ARRA: Improving Student Achievement
Targeted Population: All children
Program Components: Story, 7 lessons, supplementary activities
Peer Relationships ( Peer Relationships)
Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Personal and Social Growth (Peer Relationships)
Title V, Part A: Innovative Programs
Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Programs (Peer Relationships)