Activity Bank

Introduction

The materials in this Activity Bank are compiled from over two decades of teaching peace-building skills to students of all ages. We start with the 7-Part Introduction Series, complete with slide decks and teacher instructions. The individual activity plans are categorized by themes so that you can create your own progressions or choose stand-alone activities to delve deeper. We have grade level suggestions, but everything can be modified to meet your students’ needs.

We also recommend incorporating the Mosaic songs when teaching these themes. If it’s not already written into the activity procedure, the relevant songs are great introductions or closings to any activity. Stay tuned, our second album is coming out soon! For teachers new to Mosaic’s themes and methodology, be sure to check out Peacing it Together!: The Mosaic Project’s Musical Curriculum & Accompanying Activities.

Teaching Suggestions
Where to Start
  • Introduce Mosaic lessons with the 7-Part Introduction Series, complete with slide decks and teacher instructions. These 30-60 minute lesson plans cover Mosaic’s core themes. While they are designed for upper elementary students, they can be modified for any age.
  • Set the tone of the school year or any group with the activities Classroom Flag and Stretch Zone.
Extended Progression
Extended Progression for Younger Students
Puppet Progression for the Youngest Students

4 Corners

Summary: Students explore what it means to be an ally or passive bystander. They listen to a scenario concerning bullying and harassment, and decide how they would respond by standing in one of four corners representing options of intervention: Ignore/walk away, attempt to negotiate, talk to the person privately later, or seek assistance from an adult.

5 Fingers of Identity

Summary: Students draw an outline of their hand and then choose 5 identities they feel are the most important to them to write on the fingers. In pairs and in a group discussion, students explore the relationship between their identities and how they can change.

Acknowledge Circle

Summary: Everyone shares something that makes them sad, and the rest of the group shows if they can understand in order to practice empathy and listening.

Ally Alley

Summary: Students brainstorm how to respond to teasing and exclusion, then practice being an assertive ally through roleplay.

Assertive Ally Practice

Summary: Students explore what it means to be an ally, and enact scenarios in which allies are needed in skits.

Assertive Media Investigators

Summary: Students critically analyze a media piece to understand how passiveness, aggressiveness, passive-aggressiveness, and assertiveness are or are not shown in TV shows, movies, and videos.

Assertiveness for Middle & High School

Summary: In 5 parts, through discussion and role-plays, students explore the differences between passive, aggressive, and assertive responses to violence.

Barnyard Feelings

Summary: Students mime a feeling and find others in that same group.

Because Kittie Hugged Her Meowther

Summary: Students act out a story where each character spreads peace to another and a ball of string is passed to each new character representing their interconnection.

Become an Assertive Superhero

Summary: Students reflect on common aggressive situations, imagining how they would like to respond in an assertive way and drawing their own superhero cape.

Biased Story

Summary: Students listen to a story and recall details through the lens of different roles in order to understand perspective, bias, and empathy.

Boxes that Confine You and Me

Summary: Students think of what is considered inside and outside of the box for gender identities, understanding how stereotypes shape (and limit) our ideas of how girls and boys are supposed to be.

Classroom Flag

Summary: The group creates a classroom flag that serves as a living contract for agreements and behaviors that will help them work well together for the school year.

Community Web

Summary: This activity emphasizes the interconnectedness of all people in a community. Each student takes on a character from the neighborhood. By articulating the interconnections between neighbors, a ball of yarn is passed from person to person to create a community web.

Cooperative Musical Chairs

Summary: Students play Musical Chairs, and then Cooperative Music Chairs where rather than getting “out” each round, students work together to ensure everyone can stay “in” and share chairs.

Do Nothing

Summary: Students are instructed to “do nothing” but watch one classmate, whom they mimic if they see make any movements.

Everybody Up

Summary: Students work with a partner to get up from a seated position to a standing position.

Feeling Mirrors

Summary: Students take turns mirroring each other’s facial expressions and body gestures.

Feelings Relay

Summary: Students act out different feelings to their team members in a relay race

Guess a Feeling

Summary: The class pays attention to a student’s body language, facial expression, and tone of voice to guess which feeling they are acting out.

How would you feel if…?

Summary: Students reflect on how they would feel in a given situation, and then act out their emotion for the class to guess.

I-Statement Practice

Summary: Students learn that I-Statements are a way to speak without blame, and practice creating I-Statements for a problem.

Identity & Privilege

Summary: After brainstorming all the social identities we can have, students reflect on the “Invisible Knapsack” list of ways privilege shows up in daily life. Then, students share about different ways their identities, privilege, and discrimination show up at school.

Individuality Dance Party!

Summary: In a circle, a student does a unique dance move and then is followed by the rest of the class. All students get a turn to do an individual dance move!

Inside/Outside the Circle

Summary: Students experience being on the outside of a circle trying to get in, and being on the inside of the circle trying to keep another out. 

Interconnected Ball Pass

Summary: Students pass balls around a circle rhythmically until each student has their original ball again.

It’s Your Body Language and How You Say It

Summary: With rotating partners, students say Yes or No, and then a simple sentence, in a range of tones and with gestures, exploring how tone of voice and body language changes the meaning of a word or sentence in a conversation.

Lesson #2: Sessling

Summary: Students learn the word sessle to discover ways to mix it up and meet new people.

Lesson #4: Differences & Diversity

Summary: Students celebrate their differences with a game; students learn how stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination can stand in the way of celebrating our diversity.

Lesson #6: Assertiveness

Summary: Students learn that assertiveness is a way to respond to violence that is strong without being mean, and an option to stop the spread of poison.

Make a Storm

Summary: The group makes the sound of a rainstorm using their bodies.

Mosaic Agreements on Stage

Summary: In this activity, students will devise skits and act out the six Mosaic agreements. Each skit will be presented in two takes: take 1 shows what happens when the agreement is absent from the interaction and take 2 successfully demonstrates the agreement at play. Students in the audience must guess which agreement is exemplified in each set of skits.

MPA: Appreciating Differences & Culture

Summary: Students explore how we can be similar while also being different: same same, but different! Students play Welcome Circle to celebrate the diversity in the group, then draw their homes to see the similarities and differences that they have with each other.

MPA: Assertiveness

Summary: Students learn that Assertiveness is being strong without being mean, and it’s like your own superpower because can stop the spread of poison. Students practice saying “No” assertively and imagine themselves as assertive superheroes.

MPA: Empathy & Conflict Resolution

Summary: Students learn that every story has more than one side, and that using the 5 Tools of Conflict Resolution can help solve problems. Through acting out skits and playing Tug of Peace, they understand that the spirit of conflict resolution is that everyone can...

MPA: Friendship and Mixing It Up

Summary: Students learn the Peace High Five, and read Two by Kathryn Otoshi about tensions in a friendship. Students then learn how to mix it up and make new friends with the activity Sessle Sessle and a collaborative collage art project.

MPA: Mutual Respect & Community

Summary: Students review the Mosaic values with the Theme Song and read “How Full is Your Bucket?” to understand that positive actions “fill” one’s bucket and negative actions “drip” one’s bucket. Students play a game to fill each other’s buckets through giving and receiving put-ups, and draw what fills their invisible bucket.

Perspective Skits

Summary: Students choose sides in a story, and then have the opportunity to hear both sides of the story.

Pick Your Corner

Summary: Students stand in the designated corners of the classroom indicating if they do or don’t belong to particular groups, based on interest/tastes/culture.

Point of View Glasses

Summary: Students explore what parts of us create our perspective by drawing Point of View Glasses.

Power Chairs

Summary: Students create a sculpture representing power and discuss how we typically think of power as domination or power with. Students then create new sculptures to demonstrate alternative forms of power, and discuss power with.

Prejudice Presents

Summary: This activity focuses on judging and being judged. Students select presents for various hypothetical community members and explore the assumptions that informed their gift selections.

Privilege in a Bucket

Summary: Students learn about privilege through a challenge. They must make shots into a bucket, but are placed in various positions around the room, some with a clear shot and others with barriers. Then, students brainstorm how to create a more equitable game set-up.

Puppet Show: Assertive Scenes

Summary: A puppet (and the class) learns how to be assertive — strong without being mean — in response to themselves or others being hurt.

Puppet Show: Conflict Resolution

Summary: Students are introduced to the Conflict Resolution Stoplight by engaging in a puppet show where they resolve a conflict using three steps: Red: Stop, Yellow: Empathize and Think, Green: Act on a Plan.

Purple Plan Arm Wrestle

Summary: Students play a game very similar to arm wrestling but learn that they will get the most points when working together.

Rumor Mill

Summary: A story is told in various stages to demonstrate how details can change, and how rumors/gossip/harmful actions can spread.

Series: Anger Management

Summary: In 5 Parts, students explore anger and its unhealthy manifestations, and practice new healthy tools to deal with their anger.

Series: Assertiveness

Summary: In 5 parts, through discussion and role-plays, students explore the differences between passive, aggressive, and assertive responses to challenging situations.

Sessle Sessle

Summary: Students find various pair shares and take turns responding to a prompt in order to get to know each other better.

Spreading Poison, Spreading Peace

Summary: Students brainstorm ways that poison and peace spread at school, and reflect on how they want to shape their school environment.

Stereotype Media Investigators

Summary: Students examine how the media creates and perpetuates stereotypes of certain characters (the “grandmother,” “scientist,” “athlete,” and “villain”). Students reflect on the dangers of stereotypes in the media for these characters as well as other identities that get put in boxes.

Stretch Zone

Summary: Students learn the Comfort, Stretch, and Rip Zones and that being a little uncomfortable in the Stretch Zone helps us grow and learn new things.

The Art of Privilege

Summary: 3 groups make a poster for the class, but with different sets of art supplies. Students discuss fairness, privilege, and using what we have to make things better for everyone.

Tip Toe Tension

Summary: Children try to keep steady while trying to tip their partner off balance, until eventually they realize they can both stay steady if they work together.

Under the Waterline

Summary: Students use the metaphor of an iceberg to write how others see them (tip of the iceberg), and how they see themselves (the iceberg that is underwater).

Unify

Summary: Students create a unified sound and movement, a metaphor for culture.

Walk Like You’re Assertive!

Summary: Students embody different emotions while walking around a space, building understanding of how assertiveness, passiveness, and aggressiveness feel.

Welcome Circle

Summary: Students are welcomed by their peers as they step into the circle for different aspects of their identity.

Who am I? Who are You?

Summary: Students draw a self portrait, then practice asking good questions about their partner’s drawing in order to get to know each other under the waterline.

You Say, I Say

Summary: In responding to a prompt, students reflect their classmate’s answer before sharing their own thoughts.