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Kaleidoscope Lessons TWO and THREE

Social Duration of Lesson TWO: ​20 min/per lesson
Emotional Learning Target:​ Students will develop an understanding of what it meant to compromise and will
recognize that compromise may involve the combination of listening to individual ideas and
blending them into one perspective.

Instructional Strategies:
Materials: ​paper, 1. Review the concept of multiple perspectives.
the word
2. Read Aloud ​The Blind Men and the Elephant​.
spelled out with a. Stop to point out the term “fable”.
one letter on b. Introduce story by telling students that the blind men came to their own
each piece of conclusions even though they couldn’t see.
paper, crayons c. Ask students what they think will happen in the story if each man does that?
3. Discuss how the story reveals what happens when people make their own conclusions
Read Aloud​: ​The
Blind Men and without being willing to listen and consider the ideas of others.
the Elephant 4. Explore how the story shows that when people open their minds to consider the
perspectives of others, a compromise can be reached that includes everyone’s ideas.
5. Discuss the art of listening to each other to reach a compromise.
a. Define compromise as a “win-win” where each person's idea gets included
i. Use arms and hands to illustrate compromise
ii. Then have students imitate symbols and ask how they ​feel/ if they can
notice a difference​ in the two gestures
1. Fold arms tightly to show “closed to compromise”
2. Open arms wide to show being “open to compromise” and
listening to other people’s perspectives. Highlight the importance
of listening to others to possibly reach better solutions.

6. Role play scenarios of real life classroom conflicts, which involve listening to others and seeking to
understand different perspectives to reach a compromise.
1. Write them on sticky notes, stick them on toolbox and support students when they are
“stuck” in the problem and what they can do to get “unstuck”

Duration of Lesson THREE: ​20 min/per lesson
Learning Target:​ Students will develop a definition of the word “compromise”

Instructional Strategies:
1. Divide students into small groups.
2. Give each student a piece of paper with one letter that spells out the word ‘compromise.’
3. Write the word on the board and have student work together to arrange themselves so that
re of the word is spelled correctly. (Each student has one letter).
4. Discuss how everyone worked together to participate in a fair manner.
5. Identify any compromises that were made.
6. Work with students to come up with a definition for “compromise.