Please feel free to try these tools in your classrooms and tell us how it went; or if you have a lesson plan, book or resource of your own that you would like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you! Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THAT’S NOT FAIR!:
Are you looking for a fun and enjoyable way to be civically engaged? CCLET maintains that anyone who is old enough to say “That’s not fair!” is ready to think critically about rights and responsibilities. With this in mind, we have created a special site for kids from 7 to 11 with funny videos, lesson plans and games to help families and classrooms explore their own ideas of fairness.
Each lively episode starts with a problem. Mayor Moe or one of the City Councilors attempts to resolve it with a new bylaw. After the by-law is passed, the citizens quickly learn that there are many consequences, both good and bad. In each episode, the Mayor, the City Council, and the Newscaster examine the fairness of the by-law by applying the Acorn Test – a series of questions to help work out if a rule is fair. Sometimes the rule is fair and other times it needs to be changed or withdrawn. And best of all, you get to decide what YOU think!
In addition to the That’s Not Fair! videos, you can now also order your very own copy of the That’s Not Fair! children’s book, written by CCLET’s Danielle McLaughlin, and beautifully illustrated by Dharmali Patel. Follow along as Mayor Moe and the City Councilors find themselves in a number of dilemmas while trying to make laws for the city, and get to know your rights and freedoms as you think about the critical thinking questions found at the end of each story. For further critical thinking activities with your young learners, download the Teaching Guide.
Visit http://www.kidscanpress.com/notfair to find out more about how to order this newest addition to the CitizenKid series of children’s books published by Kids Can Press.
Making difficult decisions about justice and fairness in a democracy requires the ability to balance conflicting rights and freedoms.
CCLET’s lesson plans have been developed by certified teachers, academics, and lawyers, and satisfy curriculum requirements in multiple subject areas including Language Arts; Media Literacy; Social Studies; and Citizenship.
Barnyard Protest: Cows & Chickens & Fundamental Freedoms
The storybook Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, is a fun and entertaining way to teach students what it means to have a right or a freedom and also peacefully advocate for an important cause.
CCLET’S ACORN TEST:
RECOMMENDED CHILDREN’S BOOKS:
Who knew a picture book about a pigeon who wants to drive a bus could get readers thinking critically about the right to equality? If you are looking for a fun way to inject questions of fairness into storytime, have a look at CCLET’s list of recommended children’s books. Each book suggestion comes with guided questions that CCLET has used successfully in classrooms to introduce and explore various issues around rights and freedoms.
TVO Teach Ontario:
CCLET and TVO want to know what your child REALLY thinks! CCLET and TVO’s Teach Ontario have teamed up to develop interesting scenarios and guiding questions to help adults and school-aged kids think about civics in a fun and engaging way. Check them out by clicking on this link, and scrolling down to the Social Studies Section. There you will find a number of Civics for Kids scenarios that will help you spark a civics conversation with the young person in your life!