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The name of the lesson: MIND MAKES THE WORLD POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE

Topic: We have different expectations and experience and it influences how we see the world Target age: 12+ Duration: 1 lesson Objectives:  Different expectations, culture, stereotypes and experience influence our mind  Many situations are neutral, it is our decision to live in a negative or positive world  Communication helps to understand others

Lesson plan: 1) Motivation All photos are from one country. Which one? It is from the Czech Republic. There is Astronomical clock and Old town hall in photo 2, Prague castle and Charles Bridge in photo 3. Ask pupils what they know about this country. Have anybody been there? Do they want to visit it?

2) Task Pupils will look at each photo and decide whether it is a negative or positive picture. Then they will explain their decision to their friends. Try to find both sides for each photo. There is no good or wrong answer. Look at the example: Positive answers Negative answers Young people can travel. Trains are cheap. They are homeless. We take care of historical buildings. There are too many tourists. It doesn´t work. The weather is nice. People are free to play. The bridge is crowded. There are beggars. People have money to go shopping. It is cold but no snow. I don´t like Christmas. It is a nice model of a primeval rhino. People spend too much time in shopping centre. We will learn a new sport. Volleyball is difficult. Our gym is old and small. The children enjoy the rest on the bench. The children are bored and tired. This wall is not grey. Graffiti is not art. Canoeing is fun. People can drown. It is dangerous.

3) Activity Pupils will make a list of positive and negative things from their lives and then play charade. One group will the description and make a “live” picture. The others will try to guess it.

4) Homework Pupils can make their set of pictures with positive and negative explanations. Maybe they can think how to change the negative reality into something positive. They should think about their lives.


MIND MAKES THE WORLD POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE

1) Look at the pictures. Where are they from? Have you been there? Would you like to visit it?

2) Look carefully at each photo and decide if it is a positive or a negative picture. Explain your answer to your friends.

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3) Now it is your turn. Work in small groups. Write a list of situations which are positive or negative in your life. Then choose one situation and prepare it as a “live� picture. The others will guess what it is. Is your picture on their list too? Why did you choose it? Would you like to change that situation?

4) Think about your life and try to make a collection of photos which are typical for you.


This is my school. I do not like school, especially Maths. But I like History. And I want to have a good job. Going to school is important for getting a job.

I would like to travel but I have to go to school every day.

Cars park in front of our school. It is dangerous, especially in the morning. And they destroy the pavement. They smell. We can damage them when we play.

There is a new bus stop in front of our school. Some children stopped walking and take this bus. It saves only 500 metres and comes once in an hour.

As I have many friends at school. We have a large mirror at our toilets. Everybody takes photos there ď Š

Our school is good and parents bring children from distant places. They can afford to buy a car.


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