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Include Everyone: An Activity to Teach Compromise

Do you explicitly teach compromise in your classroom?

This worksheet has students compromise on activities to make sure everyone in the group is included and can enjoy the activity.

A few years ago I was trying to meet up for dinner with two of my teacher friends while we were on summer break. The two of them wanted to get sushi. I was (and still am) a very picky eater who didn’t like to be very adventurous when it came to eating out.

I may have been able to find one or two side dishes I might like to try at their chosen restaurant. So while I could have gone to the sushi place with them and still technically been included, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy my dinner.

We ended up going to a nice seafood restaurant where we could all enjoy our meals, great company, and the view of the water. It was a compromise for all of us, but we were all happy in the end!

This worksheet deals with a similar theme of inclusion and compromise. Students will be presented with three different animals who want to play together, and three activities that they could choose. Students will need to identify which activity would be best for the whole group to enjoy together and explain why they picked that activity over the others.

For example, what activity could a bat, a bird, and a chameleon enjoy together? The bat and the bird would probably enjoy flying together, but that would leave the chameleon out. But they all could enjoy catching bugs!

With this activity, you can teach compromise and help foster a more inclusive classroom where students aren’t left out because they can’t do something or don’t like something.

Download the worksheet here.

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2018-10-02T10:16:59+00:00

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