Maintaining Trusting Relationships

What role does trust play in diffusing a tense situation? Young social scientists explore trust on a personal and global level during a lesson on peace and conflict. After participating in a trust sit, participants work in groups to practice establishing trust when reaching a common goal.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Assess individuals as they participate in large and small group discussions
  • Have the class complete a journal entry based on a time when their relationship with someone changed because of a lack of trust
  • Consider replacing the lap sit activity with another team building exercise for variety

Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires groups of three
  • Installment three of a 15-part series 
  • Pupils work together to better understand the value of trust in any relationship
  • The activities are very easy to set up and execute
  • None
Common Core