Lesson 1: Fairness

Beach ball game (10 minutes): introduce yourselves and ask them to introduce themselves and share what super power they would have if they could, while passing the ball around the circle. Tag game.

Tell them about the club and briefly define justice as treating each other in such a way that everyone is becoming the best they can be. Introduce Fairness as the topic of your first lesson. (10 minutes)

Ask them to write what they think fairness is in their journals and ask if anyone wants to volunteer to share. (5 minutes)


Discussion (10 minutes):

  1. Think about how you would feel in this situation (misjudged and mistreated, only because of what you look like).
  2. Have you ever been in a situation like this:
    Ignored a joke that came from someone that wasn't your friend?
    Played with someone because of how they looked but not with someone else?
  3. Why isn't this fair?
  4. Why do you think people treat others this way?
  5. How do you think fairness connect to the idea of justice?

Activity (10 minutes): Skittles, give some kids more, others less. Wait 1 minute and ask them:

  1. How did you feel when receiving less or more skittles?
  2. Was it fair?
  3. Did you want to do anything about this? What?
  4. How does this relate to the real world?

Ask them to write or draw what they think the relation between fairness and justice is (and share them with the class if there is time).

Fairness – treating everyone equally and expecting to receive equal treatment.
Justice – treating each other in such a way that brings out the best in everyone