Gun Safety: Grades 4 - 5

Objective - To explore the impact on society when a person dies prematurely from gun violence - To develop . . .

Objective

  • To explore the impact on society when a person dies prematurely from gun violence
  • To develop research and critical-thinking skills

Activity

  • Discuss with students the dangers of guns. Review what they should do if they find a gun.
  • Share with them that when people die from being shot, they can no longer do good things for their families or for society.
  • Assign students to groups of four or five, and have them select a historical figure who was killed by gun violence. Possiblilities include Martin Luther King, Jr.; John F. Kennedy; Abraham Lincoln; and Mahatma Gandhi. Have each group research the person they chose and list the positive contributions he or she made to society.
  • Ask students to predict how these individuals might have continued their work if they hadn't been killed by gun violence.
  • Have each group present a biography of the individual they researched and their ideas of what the individual could have done if he or she had not died from gun violence.
  • Have each member of the group write a diary entry that takes place five years after the person died and shares what the person could have done if the person had lived. The students may choose to write the entry from the point of view of the individual or of a third party who had been influenced by the individual's work (e.g., someone who heard Martin Luther King, Jr. give a speech).
  • Extend this into a service project by having students design a memorial for people killed by gun violence. They may choose to plant a tree or design a peace quilt to display in the school's lobby.
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