What does peace feel like?

Author(s): Vladmir Radunsky


Social Justice focus: Peace

Synopsis: This picture book explores the meaning of peace from the perspective of the senses, using a simile for each. It also provides the word for “peace” in many of the world’s languages.

Lesson Plan: Rachel Sawatsky

Primary/Junior/Intermediate Lesson Plan (Abbreviated Template)

Consecutive and Concurrent Programs

Unit/Topic: Language Arts/Writing

Grade: 4

Lesson: The focus of this lesson is for students to reflect on the peace that different kids around the world experience. Students will have the chance to brainstorm their ideas, turn them into a poem. Afterwards students have to communicate their poem in a different way, into a picture.

Curriculum Areas: Visual Arts

D1.3 use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings (e.g., create a poster using colour and cropping of space to propose a solution to climate change; use contour lines of various weights in a charcoal gesture drawing of a person to capture the impression of movement; create a paper sculpture portrait of a favourite comic character that explores positive and negative space, using techniques of folding, scoring, fringing, and crimping)

Curriculum Expectations: Language Arts – Writing

1.2 generate ideas about a potential topic using a variety of strategies and resources (e.g., brainstorm; formulate and ask questions to identify personal experiences, prior knowledge, and information needs)

2.3 use specific words and phrases to create an intended impression (e.g., compara tive adjectives such as faster; words that create specific effects through sound, as in alliteration for emphasis: rotten rain)

3.1 spell familiar words correctly (e.g., words from their oral vocabulary, anchor charts, and shared-, guided-, and independent- reading texts; words used regularly in instruction across the curriculum)

Learning Goal(s): We are learning to…. reflect on our own experiences and create a 3-line poetry piece and artwork based on our personal reflections.

Success Criteria: I can…. Brainstorm ideas about what peace is to me using the graphic organizer.

I can… Use my graphic organizer to create a 3-line poem about what peace is to me.

I can communicate my ideas/ my poem in a visual manner with art supplies.


To meet the needs of students there is a variety of tasks that involve group work, written work, independent work, drawing, and creativity. If a student needs speech to tech software they will have access to that. As well as all students will have access to the book throughout the whole assignment.

Minds-on: Read book “What Does Peace Feel Like?”

Minutes: 5 minutes

Task: I will be reading the book to students and they will listen and look at the pictures.

Assessment: Are students listening? Students graphic organizer that will be created will reflect their listening.

Action Introduce my example of the graphic organizer. Students will create their own graphic organizer (15) with either drawings, words or both. The purpose of this is to get their thoughts out on paper before they know they have to write a poem. This will help the students to have ideas without second guessing them. Students then share their graphic organizer with a peer then with their table group (10). I will then show students a three line poem about what peace is to me. And have them recreate it using their own mind maps. (20 )

Minutes: 45 minutes

Task: I will be introducing the task and walking around seeing if students are first able to work independently, then in groups. I will be looking if students can stay on task.

Assessment: Assessment of Learning. What did students learn from reading the peace book?

Consolidation Students will reflect on their learning by having a discussion about other places that do not experience peace such as some native reserves, or people living in war torn countries. As a class we will come up with these ideas based on what we thought peace was. Asking questions such as do these people experience the same peace as I do

Minutes: 15 mins

Task: I will record the info on a mind map for the whole class to see, as I record info on the mind map I will check off students names who participate in the math lesson.

Assessment: Assessment of Learning. Were students able to relate their own experiences to those of others around them?


Arts supplies (markers, crayons, pencil crayons, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, tape, glue, ruler)

Paper for graphic organizers

What does peace feel like book.

Document camera

Anecdotal notes for walking around classroom

Class checklist for consolidation

Rubric For Action Activity


  • Were my students successful in meeting the learning goals and success criteria? How do I know?
  • Did my instructional decisions meet the needs of all students? If not, what are my next steps?
  • What worked well and why?
  • What will I do differently in the future when teaching this lesson? For the subsequent lesson?
  • What are the next steps for my professional learning?


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