Hands Out for World Peace

Hands Out for World Peace lesson plan

Focus on international harmony and world organizations working toward peaceful relations between nations.

  • 1.

    Students look up terms such as peace and harmony in dictionaries and other resources. Compare and contrast these meanings as they apply to world peace. Find information about international organizations that work to promote peaceful relations between world nations.

  • 2.

    As a class, students list ways they can work toward international harmony. Think on both local and global levels. Be sure to include ways to promote peace, such as host exchange students, exchange letters with e-pals, or participate in peace-seeking organizations.

  • 3.

    On a large paper or posterboard, draw a globe with Crayola® Colored Pencils. With a partner, students trace their hands in a pattern of friendship around the globe.

  • 4.

    Students write what they can do, or are doing, to promote world peace on each of the hands.

  • 5.

    Color the hands with Crayola Multicultural Crayons. Add a message to the poster and color the earth with Crayola Crayons and Colored Pencils.


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so.
  • SS: Recognize and give examples of the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and justice.
  • SS: Explore ways that language, art, music, belief systems, and other cultural elements may facilitate global understanding or lead to misunderstanding.
  • SS: Recognize and interpret how the "common good" can be strengthened through various forms of citizen action.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Students, working in groups, identify world organizations working toward peaceful relations between nations. Investigate the mission statement for each organization. What do the mission statements have in common?
  • Students organize a school campaign to work toward community peace. What simple steps can you put in place to make your school community a better place to learn and socialize in? What can you do to effectively diminish, or stop, bullying? Students organize their campaign and prepare to present it to the school administration.
  • In small groups, students research global peace to find which countries struggle with peace issues such as religious wars, gender issues, racism, and/or government disapproval. Students select one country and present its current status to the class.