Unless you have had your head in the sand in the past few years, you’ll know that the perception and reputations of police officers and police forces across the continent have been tarnished, to say the least.
Much has been written about the topic, and I don’t intend to add to the controversy by writing another thought provoking editorial for grown-ups.
I spent my efforts on a new discussion package for elementary students on the topic. You can read the product description page here.
Earlier this spring I published a discussion guide/lesson plan on police use of force and incidents for junior high and high school students.
This newer package for grades 1-6 is centered on a story boarding animation narrated (quite cleverly I must say) by a young student, Clayton of about 11-12 years old. While on a visit to his best friend’s place, he hears the friend’s father on a tirade against police.
Later on, his best friends supports the outburst against the police.
The animation then focuses on the thought process Clayton goes through about police officers (positive) versus the negative opinions he just heard.
This will open the door for lively discussion and reflections.
No sense beating around the bush, you can watch the animation right here:
The educational package was designed by professional educators. It’s an easy step-by step guide. Even a new rookie should be able to follow the steps and deliver this lesson.
You’ll start with one or both ice-breaker sheets. The first one introduces you as a policeman while the second sheet is centered on your police agency.
The Ice-Breaker sheet to introduce your police agency
You’ll then play the video entitle “Sort It Out”. It will make them think why people like or dislike police.
Alternatively, you can print and read “Sort it Out” aloud or distribute the two page, colorfully illustrated article to students. The package includes the two page article, which has colorful illustrations on them.
Next, you’ll distribute the activity sheets of your choosing. Sheets are targeted for grades 1-3 or grades 4-6. There are two activity sheet options for each level.
You can read the product description page here.
Have a peek at one of the activity sheets.
Also, I have included a fun activity sheet for each level, grades 1-3 get a coloring page and grades 4-6 get a cross-word puzzle.
As always, answer keys are included.
How easy is that?
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The package is appropriate for public school presentations and should not be offensive to anyone while opening the door on healthy discussions on the role of police, police perceptions and the role of police in your school.
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