Some traits of fairness include: sharing and taking turns, keeping an open mind about opinions that differ from yours, not blaming others, playing by the rules, and respecting the rights of others.
1) Read the book, MALALA'S MAGIC Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai.
OPTION...with your buddy class. Have an interactive conversation with your students related to the character trait of FAIRNESS. Click here for an online version
of the book.
2) Using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model, discuss & agree on a FAIRNESS goal related to the book and have a discussion about the book’s theme focusing on fairness. When possible, check-in with your students throughout the month of January to see how they are putting to practice the trait of being FAIR in their lives.
MeetUp: Established a class goal related to FAIRNESS, for example, taking turns, play by the rules, listen to people with an open mind, etc., discussed and agreed on by the students during the MeetUp session.
BuddyUp: Pair/group students for a brief discussion on the goal. Here are some example “Quick connection” conversation questions:
Discussion Questions for Malala's Magic Pencil?
- For what does Malala wish for every night and how did she come up with this idea?
- What are some things Malala would draw with her special pencil?
- What does Malala see one day that makes her and her father very sad?
- What would Malala “erase” with her magic pencil?
- What new rule do powerful men make in Malala’s country?
- What are some words that could describe the main character, Malala?
- What happens when Malala speaks up for what she believes in?
- Why do Malala’s actions show that she is brave?
- Where does Malala find her magic?
- How does Malala show fairness?
- How can you show fairness?
Bonus Activity for the Upper Grades (3-5): These are great!