International Day of Peace 2016: Activities

Did you know that September 21 is the International Day of Peace? September 21 was declared this special day by the General Assembly of the UN. It is a day to promote and devote to working towards the ideals of peace in our world.
This year the theme of the Day: The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.

The Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the 192 Member States of the UN back in September 2015 in New York. In total there are 17 Goals which it is hoped the participating countries will work towards meeting over 15 years, to hopefully achieve the goal in 2030.
So what are these Sustainable Development Goals? You can read about them in detail over at the UN's Sustainable Development Goal website by clicking their logo to the left...otherwise here they are in a nutshell!
  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being 
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduce Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Wow, so seeing that all written there in a list seems a little overwhelming. I've gone looked for some resources that are available on some of the above topics as well as a few general ones, too. I might need to do a second blog post as I am having difficulty locating good teaching resources for some of the Goals...
I have a comprehensive set of posters featuring the word 'peace' in a range of languages. I've linked to the bundle because it is the best value. It includes 2 versions in both colour and blackline in both A4 and Letter paper sizes.

It features the following languages: Languages...Afrikaans, Albanian, Alsatian, Arabic (phonetic only), Azeri, Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Japanese (Kanji), Korean, Maltese, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Vietnamese, Welsh, and Yiddish.

Because I appreciate all the support I receive from this blog I am discounting it down from the already discounted price of $7.00 by 20% (I've discounted all of my resources for the International Day of Peace by 20% as well until the big day). Click HERE to view them. Lotus Pond  over at TPT has this gorgeous little craft activity. You could use these paper doves to decorate your classroom or bulletin boards. Children cut, paste/tape, and colour to make their doves of peace. Use straight from the templates provided, or color them in to create your own designs!

A great activity for grades 1-3

And the best thing, it's only $2.00 (USD)
Christian Art Lessons have this art lesson available called The Dove of Peace. It is tagged for younger ages but I think older kids would like it as well - maybe grades 1-5 - plus it would make for a colourful display!

This activity includes a step-by-step drawing and painting instructions for watercolor art lessons

This one is $6.00 (USD) but remember you can use it over and over again!

Amanda over at Fun Handprint Art has this lovely activity featured on her blog. A great art activity is you have kindy or lower grade level kids. She has the basic instructions over there - basically paint (green, white and brown), a marker for details...and of course the kid! This one is FREE to go and see to try it yourself!

Mari9386 over at TPT has this mural art project. The second thumbnail explains it better but basically it is a giant dove and each student is given a piece to colour and then as a class they need to assemble the mural. Great for teamwork and art!

This one is FREE to download!
Techie Tusek has this simple writing activity available. It asks students to complete the sentence of: "Peace feels......." Good for grades 3-5. I would have the students cut out the birds, glue onto coloured card, cut out the rough shape of the bird leaving a nice colour border around the dove and display.

This activity is FREE to download.

Family Consumer Sciences has a FREE lesson plan about poverty on their website to help support teaching of Goal 1.

 My Dear It's Elementary  has this resource available aimed at grade 5-6. A good resource to focus on Goal 11 of Sustainability.

This resource is $3.75 (USD).
Brett Moore has this resource available on sustainable communities (again for Goal 11).
This is a great, student directed project for geography (settlement patterns/sustainability). After being exposed to some different sustainable practices, students then choose one to research and create an engaging media presentation to share with the class. Instructions include clear timeline instructions and useful research questions to guide students in their quest to learn more about sustainable strategies being used by communities.

It is only $2.00 (USD)

As always I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the International Day of Peace so if you haven't found something you like above - go and check it out!

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