By: Tawna Perkins

Camouflage

Grade Level: 3-4

Objectives:

1. After reading the Rights from the Convention on the Rights of the child, students will illustrate how some children in the world don't receive these rights, and will write a sentence on a description of the picture.

2. Students will be able to identify and list their feelings on unfairness after playing Camouflage.

Materials Needed:

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, found at UNICEF's website: http://www.unicef.org/crc/. Make copies for each student in your class.

Three balls of wool of different colors. One ball should be a distinctive color such as red, or yellow; the others should be colors that blend with the surroundings. (You can play this indoor or outdoor). Cut out 20 or 30 pieces of wool from each color. Hide them in the classroom or field, depending on your surroundings. Ask a parent to help you.

A whistle

Procedures:

1. (Anticipatory set) Ask the following questions: "What do you think it means to be fair?" "What are some examples of when people are fair or unfair?" Have a few children share for a few minutes-no longer than 3-4 minutes.

2. If you are inside, have students push desks aside quickly and have them sit in the middle of the room. Divide the class into three teams. Assign each team a color and tell them to find and pick up that color of wool only. Give them a time limit for finding the wool (10-15 minutes).

3. Blow the whistle and they're off finding the wool! Make sure the noise level is kept low so that other classes aren't disturbed.

4. One the time is up, blow the whistle and have the students meet back in the center of the classroom. Count how many pieces of wool each team was able to find. The team with the most pieces of wool collected is the winner (the team with the brightest color of wool will probably win because it's easier to find).

5. Have them sit down on the ground ask the following questions: "What did it feel like to be on the winning team?" "What did it feel like to be on the other teams?" "Which team found the most pieces and why?" "If we played this game again, which team would you like to be on and why?" "Is this game fair?" "Can it be made fair?" "Think of all the games you know: What makes them fair?" (For example, in football, both teams have the same number of players). (15 min.)

6. Hand out copies of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (have a student help you pass them out). After they have looked at them for a little bit, discuss the rights and how for some children in the world, these rights are not realized. Ask them how it would feel if you were one of these children and what can be done about this unfairness. After you are done discussing, have them put their desks back together. (10-15 min.)

Evaluation:

1. Have students list what was fair/unfair about playing Camouflage.

2. Have students illustrate an example of how some rights of children in the world are not received like they should be, as listed from the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Have them write a sentence describing their picture.

Source: Adapted from Educators Resource Center created by Amnesty International. http://www.teaching.com/edunet/orgs/result.cfm?CID=7&CurriculumID=87