The United Nations established the International Day of Peace in 1981 and its guiding principle is a commitment to “peace above all differences.” This critical mission can be especially powerful to students and young people as they learn to navigate a world full of individual differences. Help them develop the skills they need to promote peace not only in the world but in their own hearts.
Have your students focus on and honor peace within themselves and efforts to spread peace throughout the world with the resources we’ve selected below. Start by encouraging students to think about cultivating peace and happiness in their own lives and then turning their attention towards how they might affect other people in a positive way.
Join Discovery Education and LG as they explore the science behind happiness. Happiness can be practiced through the six sustainable happiness skills: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity, and gratitude.
Is kindness teachable? Yes! Kindness is a skill – and, like any skill, it can be developed with practice and repetition.
Explores the history behind the paper cranes at the Children’s Peace Monument in Japan.
Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How the Peace Corps Works
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Podcast [33:27]
The Peace Corps has sent 200,000 members to 193 countries to deliver aid and good will through know-how rather than direct funding. Learn about the successes, criticisms, and dangers of the Peace Corps.
Reviews the awards granted annually to persons or institutions for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, international peace, and economics.
Give your students a chance to practice a peace-building habit while also discussing peace, kindness, and happiness by using the strategy Talking Sticks video (Canadian Version) / Talking Sticks activity (Canadian Version). A favorite from our Spotlight on Strategies series, this strategy ensures that every student has a chance to contribute to the conversation and provides a visual reminder to other students to listen when someone is speaking and wait their turn to join the conversation. Have students share ideas for random acts of kindness, discuss the importance of world peace, or create their own prompts for discussion. Use #CelebrateWithDE on social media to share photos or reflections of your students practicing kindness and spreading peace!
Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.