Created by: Emily Pratt and Rebecca Preece

Completed as part of the requirements for El Ed 4050 Fall Semester 1999

Jay Monson, Course Instructor, Utah State University

Grade Level 1

I. Significance of Topic. Understanding the concept of fairness is an important aspect in the education of pupils. By the time children reach the age of twenty their values have been learned. It is important to teach children from a young age the importance of fairness in every aspect, obeying rules and laws, fighting for changes in rules and laws when you feel they may be unfair, things that might not be fair that you have no say in, and treating others with respect and fairness.

II. Schematic Map Outline.





III. Goals and Objectives.

A. The student will be able to define fairness in their own words.

B. The student will be able to apply their concept of fairness to their own lives.

C. The student will be able to differentiate between fair rules and unfair rules.

D. The student will identify why laws and rules are important.

E. The student will construct a list of laws for a community.

F. The student will construct a list of rights that all people should have.

G. The student will learn why the Pilgrims came to America, and what was unfair about their circumstances.

H. The student will be able to list characteristics of a Veteran and be able to explain why we celebrate Veteran's Day.

I. The student will understand the components of a personal letter and be able to write a personal letter.


IV. Inventory of Possible Activities.


A. Suggested Introductory Activities.
1. Display a table in the room and perhaps a bulletin board with items that deal with fairness. Ex. Books having to do with fairness, games or items having rules, any pictures, and for the bulletin board maybe a pocket that has situations, asking "What would you do?"

2 Read a book aloud to them with an issue of fairness in it, talk about what it was about, introduce the word fairness.

3. Have a Veteran or someone from the community come in and speak to the class on the importance of fairness.

4. Have the students do a role play. Start them with a scenario and have them finish it. How did they solve the problem? Was their solution fair? Discuss fairness.


B. Suggested Developmental Activities.

1. Discuss the Pilgrims and why they came to America. Was it fair that they should be discriminated against? Create a Bill of Rights that allows everyone the same rights.

2. Play a game involving some people playing by the rules and others not playing by the rules. Is this fair? Discuss how laws and rules must be created when setting up your own community.

3. Create an Art project by distributing all of the materials forit to only a few individuals. Have them decide the most fair way to share the materials so each person will be allowed to participate and create their own project.

4. List characteristics of a Veteran, explain why we celebrate Veteran's Day. Use literature, such as The Wall by Eve Bunting.

5. Write a letter to a local Veteran. Learn how to write a personal letter. Write a class letter.

6. Do a class time capsule that fairly represents each class member. Talk about what things would need to be included to make it fair.


C. Culminating Activities.
1. Have students come up with definitions of fairness; create a choral reading for the class to recite.

2. Have the class create a newsletter to send home at the end of the month; describe what activities the class has been doing on fairness for the month.

3. As a class, design a chart that lists the attributes of fairness to be posted in the classroom.

4. Create a class book on fairness to be placed in the class library or the school library. Have each student create their own page with their idea of what they can do to be a fair person.

5. Have the students write in their journal each day an event they experienced in which someone was fair or not fair. Use these entries as discussion topics or possible role play ideas.

6. Have the class write their own play about a situation that deals with fairness. Have them present it to another class or in an assembly.


V. Evaluation Suggestions.

1. Do a shared writing activity where the class lists ideas on how they can be fair.

2. Have the students write what they have learned in their learning journal.

3. Monitor the class as they do group work to check for understanding.

4. Have a class discussion at the end of the unit to talk about what they have learned for the month about fairness.

5. Look at their projects (class bill of rights, laws and rules, corn husks, letters to Veteran's, etc.) to see if they apply what has been taught.


VI. Listing of Materials for Reference Purposes.

1. Books:
The Wall by Eve Bunting.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban

It Wasn't My Fault by Helen Lester

You Are Special by Max Lucado

2. Web sites

Thanksgiving/Holidays: www.night.net/thanksgiving/lesson-plan.html

Veteran's Day/Holidays: www.suffolk.lib.ny.us/ youth/ November.html

Holidays: www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/tower/8476/

3. Games

Candy Land

Chutes and Ladders



4. People

Local Veterans

Local Judge





Sample Lesson Plan

Pilgrims to America, Why Did They Come?


Subject: Social Studies (Thanksgiving and Fairness)


Date: November 2, 1999



*Students will learn why the Pilgrims came to America.

*Students will Identify what was Unfair about the circumstances.

*Students will have constructed a list of rights that all people should have.



*Write a question on the board such as "Who are the Pilgrims? Why did they come to America?

*You may have to Read the Question out loud and have them think about it.

*Discuss what they already know about the Pilgrims and what they want to know (KWL).



*Let the children choose from several picture books on Thanksgiving that have previously been checked to see if they portray Thanksgiving appropriately.

*Let them know that they are free to read the others during S.S.R.

*Read them the story discussing that the Pilgrims came to America seeking a place that allowed them to believe the way they wanted.

*After discuss rights that we have in the classroom and as citizens

*Have them split into groups and create their own Bill of Rights. What would be fair?



Variety of Thanksgiving books on different reading levels

Paper and Pencils



*Their group Bill of Rights will show if they understood how to what rights are, and why it is fair that all people have the same rights.

*Their Bill of Rights could then be hung up in the room for others to compare.

*Through discussion you will be able to see if they are understanding.


Personal Evaluation:

Were objectives met?

Did I present material effectively?

Were they interested and involved in the activities?


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