This is a set of 11 hand-drawn pictures to help generate a group discussion about building positive relationships at school. I created this resource so that students who are learning English would have a visual aid while we talk about class agreements.
The situations in the pictures are:
- child running to the front of the line
- child insulting someone
- child overreacting to a simple mistake
- child being negative
- child scribbling on a chair
- children fighting over pens
- children making a deal so that others can play
- child helping someone
- child complimenting someone
- child reacting calmly after a problem
- one child encouraging another
How to use this resource:
1. Divide your class into 2 groups if possible. Have one group do an activity with your TA (if you have one) and bring your half of the group onto the carpet. Sit them in a circle.
(If necessary work with the whole class and simply have 2 students share a picture when you distribute them.)
2. Give each child a picture. Tell them to look at the picture and try to figure out what’s happening. Ask them to figure out whether the child in the picture is being a good community member (or use whatever language you use in your teaching situation … good friend, good classmate, etc.).
3. On one side of the whiteboard draw a happy face and on the other a sad face. Tell the students that they will hang their picture under the happy face if the child is being a good community member. If not, the picture should go under the sad face.
4. One by one have the children “present” their pictures and tape them to the whiteboard.
5. Ask the students to think of positive sentences to describe ways to be good community members at school. (If the students are very specific, i.e. “tell someone their art project is colorful” help to make the statement more general.) The class may come up with ideas such as:
Take care of the classroom and our things.
Try your best.
6. Repeat the activity with the other half of your class.
7. After you have done the activity with both groups, share with your whole class the list of things the students decided would be good “agreements” to follow. Then post the ideas in the classroom.