Grade 4-Grade 8
The Dakota Territory in which the book is set is a wide, uninhabited land created anew each day by sunlight and wind: a vast canvas for a child's imagination, a land where a family can build a life and a living. But "awed and oppressed by the vast prairie,...
Forgiveness - A Formula for New Beginnings
Berecz gives several examples of forgiveness, and talks about the healing benefits and the concept of reframing scenarios.
How Do You React When Offended?
"Since 1992, a group of colleagues at Universidad Adventista del Plata (UAP), Argentina, and I have been investigating how people react when they are offended, the disorders that friction causes, and the ways to overcome disputes.... Our investigations...
Inspiration - Teacher Bulletin Volume 1
Inspirational stories based on biblical references. The following three stories are from "Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul":
The Dog Next Door
An Experiment in Love
The Language of Horses
The stories about animals...
Jamaica's Blue Marker
Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble. When she learns he will be moving away she comes to understand some of his behaviors and extends forgiveness to him.
Illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien, focusing...
My Brother Matthew
Grade 3-Grade 4
Big brother David often felt left out when his brother with disabilities was born. The story brings out David's feelings of resentment and frustration as well as his pride when his brother learns to do new things.
Recovering Peace After Tragedy
Darold Bigger shares his journey to forgiveness and personal peace, dealing with the murder of his daughter. "The story raises many questions that can bring children and youth to grips with the challenging journey toward peace after suffering a profound...
Grade 4-Grade 6
"Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from 'a peach is not a funny-looking...
Signs of Forgiveness
This classroom management tip notes how creating a climate where forgiveness is not only offered verbally, but through contact - a hug, handshake, or high five, chosen by the one being forgiven and, optionally, also by the one asking forgiveness. This physical...
Sorry Matters - Through Indigenous Eyes
In this TEACH journal, four indigenous Australians share their response to the national apology for the 'stolen generations' by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd given February 13, 2008.
Teachers Against Prejudice
"Resources on how to teach conflict resolution. Includes information on a yearly essay and art contest." See samples of student work.
The First Stone
"Only a sinless being could throw the first stone. Jesus is the only one with that qualification. Yet, where is His stone? His hands are empty and covered in dust. His heart is filled with love and grace. His hands are forever extended to forgive and...
The Signmakers Assistant
Norman, an assistant to the well respected sign maker is left in charge. Marveling at the power of signs, Norman creates some signs of his own as well as havoc. The townspeople become angry at the sign maker, thinking he is responsible. Norman realizes the...
This is Our House
George guards his cardboard box on the playground, not allowing playmates in for a variety of reasons. This engaging story about discrimination speaks clearly for itself. NAD Pathways Kindergarten selection 4 for theme 1: Heroes.
David Birkenstock talks about the story of forgiving debt in Matthew 18:21-35 and relates it to a personal experience.
What's Wrong with Timmy?
When eight year old Kate and her mother go to the park, Kate notices Timmy, a boy who looks and behaves differently from the other children she knows. Kate feels uneasy, but when her mom introduces her to Timmy the seeds of friendship are planted. Soon Kate...