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Children are going to be drawn into conflict at school, home, and with friends. It is a normal part of growing up. It is important that children learn how to handle conflict peacefully so that they can feel more confident in expressing their wants and needs without anger and frustration.
Weathering the Conflict Storm teaches young children to be more in control of their reactions when they are in a conflict. Young children don’t always understand or remember the terms passive, aggressive, and assertive to describe conflict styles. The terms used in this activity pack will help students to visually remember the conflict styles by relating them to weather.
The activities can be used individually or in small groups. The concepts can also be taught in a classroom setting. This packet is most appropriate for children in grades 2-5; however, it will depend on the reading level of your students. It can also be modified for older children.
Included in this packet:
• Conflict Styles poster
• Conflict Styles Questionnaire
• What’s the Conflict Style? sorting activity
• Weathering the Conflict Storm board game (includes question cards and dice)
• Conflict Styles Bingo Game (includes 8 bingo boards and calling cards for a small group)
When children are able to “Weather the Conflict Storm”, they will be happier and will get along more easily with others.
I hope that you will enjoy this packet. Please do not make copies to distribute to others (You are welcome to invite them to my store so that they can purchase their own! ☺)
Source: University of Illinois Extension, Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along