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Lesson 14: Responding to Conflict


In this lesson, students learn about the importance of understanding and resolving conflict. They define conflict and consider different ways a conflict might end or escalate, using an example situation. They explore which choices would be safe, peaceful and fair, and explain why these qualities are important for a healthy outcome to conflict. They learn the warning signs of serious conflict and the importance of seeking adult help in these situations. Then they complete two activity sheets to help them distinguish between simple and serious conflicts and propose safe, peaceful and fair solutions.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits of using nonviolent means to solve interpersonal conflict.
  2. Describe examples of pro-social behaviors that help prevent conflict. 
  3. Determine if conflicts are simple or serious.
  4. Decide when a conflict needs adult attention.
  5. Propose safe, peaceful and fair ways to deal with conflict.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision making

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-3: Manage interpersonal conflict in healthy ways.
  • V-1: Manage interpersonal conflict in nonviolent ways.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.4: Describe ways to prevent common childhood injuries and health problems.
  • Standard 4: Communication
  • Performance Indicator 4.5.3: Demonstrate nonviolent strategies to manage or resolve conflict.
  • Standard 5: Decision Making
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.1: Identify health-related situations that might require a thoughtful decision.
  • Performance Indicator 5.5.2: Analyze when assistance is needed in making a health-related decision.
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