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Curriculum links and suggested units of learning

Social Studies educators aim to prepare students to participate as informed confident and responsible citizens. As conflict is an everyday thing, it is essential that students gain knowledge and understanding of its nature, alternatives for resolution and the impacts of these choices.

The Frontline Connection is based on the Time Continuity and Change strand and the 'Finding Refuge' poster covers the Place and Environment Strand of the 'Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum'.

Inquiry activities include Time Continuity and Change achievement objectives - Press Release (Level 4), War Inquiry (Level 5), Peacemakers Inquiry (Level 6).
Values Exploration activities for Level 4 and 5 are based on the Case Study of Rwanda, adding depth and reality.
Social Decision Making can be applied to personal experience or a case study (e.g. Rwanda) using the Conflict Resolution Template.

Specific Social Studies Skills worksheets include: These can be used as stand alone worksheets - great for relief teachers!!

Units of Learning
The following units of learning offer suggestions for Level 2 to 6. All objectives refer to the Time Continuity and Change strand in the 'Social Studies in the New Zealand Curriculum'. To assist teachers wishing to shape their own unit of learning a template has been provided.
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5
Level 6
Unit of Learning Template
'Finding Refuge' Poster

Level 2how past events changed aspects of the lives of communities
FocusDescribe how war changes people's lives
Learning
Experiences
  • What is conflict
  • Our Stories
  • Photo Stations in 'Peace not Pieces' Resource folder or CD
  • Impacts of war
  • Video Watch 'Through Innocent Eyes'
  • Injury or death
  • War breaks up families
  • Painful memories
Assessment
Activity
Story Activity - Changes
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Level 3how the ideas and actions of people in the past changed the lives of others
FocusDescribe ideas about how to resolve conflict and how these ideas lead to actions that can change the lives of others
Learning
Experiences
  • What is conflict
  • Alternatives for resolving conflict
  • Our Stories
  • Photo Stations in 'Peace not Pieces' Resource folder or CD
  • Impacts of war
  • Video Watch 'Through Innocent Eyes'
  • Injury or death
  • War breaks up families
  • Painful memories
  • Child soldiers
  • A shattered land
  • Refugees - people who withdraw
  • What is it like to be a refugee? in 'Finding Refuge' poster page 2
  • Video Watch 'The Long Way Home'
  • Peace is possible
  • Peace not pieces
Assessment
Activity
Story Activity - Ideas and Actions
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Level 4cause and effect of events that have shaped the lives of a group of people
FocusDescribe some of the causes of war and how war effects people's lives
Learning
Experiences
  • What is conflict?
  • Alternatives to resolving conflict
  • War - what is it good for?
  • Causes of war
  • Impacts of war
  • Video watch 'Through Innocent Eyes'
  • Our Stories
  • Photo stations in 'Peace not Pieces' resource folder or CD
  • Injury and death
  • War breaks up families
  • Painful memories
  • Child Soldiers
  • A shattered land
  • Weapons vs welfare
Assessment
Activity
A tree diagram
Press Release
Exploring Values Activity task 1 and 2
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Level 5how past events have influence relationships within and between groups of people and continue to influence them
FocusDescribe how past events in Rwanda (or a selected war) have influenced and continue to influence relationships between groups of people.
Learning
Experiences
  • What is conflict?
  • Alternatives to resolving conflict?
  • War - what is it good for?
  • Causes of war
  • Video watch 'Through Innocent Eyes'
  • Skill: Recognising Fact and Opinion
  • Refugees - people who withdraw
  • Skill: Working with Facts and Figures
  • 'Finding Refuge' poster
  • Video Watch 'The Long Way Home'
  • Peace is possible
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Rwanda Case Study
Assessment
Activity
War Inquiry
Exploring Values Activity task 1, 2 and 3
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Level 6beliefs and ideas that have changed society and continue to change it
FocusDescribe how peacemakers beliefs and ideas about how to resolve conflict have changed society.
Learning
Experiences
  • What is conflict?
  • alternatives for resolving conflict
  • Skill: Recognising Fact and Opinion
  • Peace is possible
  • Skill: Reading for Meaning
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Picking up the pieces
  • Peace not pieces
  • Famous Peacemakers
  • Rwanda Case Study
Assessment
Activity
Peace Makers Inquiry
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