Your rules in the park
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Resource title: Your rules in the park
Digital resource identifier: L6351
Stage of schooling: Lower Primary
CCE focus: Government and Law
The problems presented in this learning object require discussion about social situations and etiquette. Areas to be discussed include:
how families, groups, communities and nations make rules
how cultural issues can affect how decisions and rules are made
multicultural nations and how this could impact on law making.
Opportunities for Civics and Citizenship learning
‘Your rules in the park’ provides opportunities for students to:
examine situations to do with conflict and conflict resolution
determine the process for addressing situations that involve conflict
create rules for addressing conflict or disagreement
establish a code of behaviour for the classroom or schoolyard
consider the rights of individuals in relation to those of groups
recognise how cultural diversity might affect perspectives on rules.
Ideas for the classroom
Explain to students that they will be looking at a number of conflict issues occurring in a park.
Ask students to suggest how they should approach the process of making a decision about each situation addressed in the resource. These protocols should be documented so that students can refer back to them.
Ask students to complete the learning object. Once completed, go back through the object asking for suggested resolutions to the conflicts. Taking their answers into consideration, ask students to suggest a list of rules to be adhered to when playing in the park.
Use a similar process to discuss and establish a code of behaviour in the classroom or the schoolyard. Include in the discussion the rights of individuals versus the rights of the group. Discuss cultural diversity and, for example, religious practices, considering how this might impact on rules. Issues such as these will need to be approached with sensitivity.