- The steps to managing conflict are: Stop, Breathe and Choose.
- Conflict can be a healthy precursor to a positive change if managed.
- Communication and teamwork are preventative steps in helping children deal with anger issues.
Conflict Management Program Grades 3-5
Youth violence is a major health concern. According to the CDC, homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. Over 599,000 young people aged 10 to 24 years had physical assault injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments – an average of 1,642 each day.*
Discussing conflict management early is an important preventative step in providing children tools to deal with anger issues and control volatile impulses before they lead to violence.
Kaiser Permanente’s Conflict Management program, designed for grades 3-5, highlights the importance of self-efficacy in managing conflict. Students are exposed to the concept that conflict can have positive outcomes if managed. The program supports the Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools in the areas of interpersonal communication and decision making.
The Play (50 minutes)
It’s Stop Time – Fighting in the playground lands four students of Waldo Whistle Elementary in detention and puts them in jeopardy of missing out on the most anticipated event of the school year, the annual talent show. Placed in detention by a mysterious new teacher, Mr. “C”, the students find themselves in a magical room where they must literally fight time and figure out a way to get along, or risk staying in detention forever.
The Workshop (50 minutes)
In the student workshop, the actor-educators from the live performance facilitate discussion about working out conflict. Through drum circle activities and journal writing, the 3 steps to managing conflict (Stop, Breathe, Choose) are reinforced and students are encouraged to express their emotions in a positive way.
Adult Presentation for parents & guardians
Adult Presentation (60 minutes)
(for parents and guardians)
One Minute is a fun, interactive presentation that explores the effects of stress on one’s physical and emotional well-being. Participants become the “studio audience” for a live bilingual (Spanish/English) talk show where the characters learn to manage their stress in a healthy way. A Q&A session follows.
Request This Program
Thank you for your interest in Educational Theatre’s Conflict Management Program for grades 3-5. Please complete the form, below, and hit the “send” button. After we receive your information, you will be contacted by an Educational Theatre Booking Coordinator. Please note that this is an information request only. It does not guarantee the scheduling of a program.
Due to the high demand for our programs and the large geographical area we serve, it is our policy to schedule no more than one program at a school per year. In most cases, we are unable to return to a school any sooner than three years. Please submit only one program information request.
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*CDC Fact Sheet: “Understanding Youth Violence”; (2015); https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-factsheet-a.pdf