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Human rights - day 3 participation

These activities help youth learn about human rights and their guiding principles, like “Participation”. They can be done alone, but work best with one or more friends on a video chat like Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.

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Week 4 - Day 3

Grades K-3

<h2>Mindfulness Activity</h2> <p>Trivia question: What is the name of Mickey Mouse’s pet dog?</p> <ul> <li>Imagine that your pointer finger is a candle. </li> <li>Hold up your candle, take a deep breath in, and then blow out the candle on your finger for as long as you can. </li> <li>Notice how your breath fills up your belly when you breathe in.</li> </ul> <h2>Friendship Story</h2> <p>Supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Paper</li> <li>Pencil or markers</li> </ul> <p>Children have the right to take part in creative activities. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31. </p> <p>Have your child write a story about friendship. </p> <ul> <li>Who are the main characters?</li> <li>What types of adventures do they go on? </li> <li>What types of challenges do they face? </li> <li>How do they succeed? </li> </ul> <p>Help your child share the story with their best friends on the phone or by email. Your pets can be your best friends too, so don’t forget to include them</p> <h2>The Right to a Clean Environment</h2> <p>Supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Recycled container</li> <li>Coloured paper</li> <li>Markers</li> <li>Rocks</li> <li>Dirt</li> <li>Vegetable scraps</li> </ul> <p>Children have the right to a clean and safe environment to live in. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Article 24. </p> <ul> <li>Find a container in your recycling that you could use to plant something in. </li> <li>Have your child decorate it using coloured paper or markers.</li> <li>Fill it with dirt (if it is a container without any holes in it, add some rocks to the bottom).</li> </ul> <p>The next time you are eating vegetables, save the scraps to see if you can grow something in your container. Some examples are:</p> <ul> <li>Cut a romaine lettuce heart 2 inches (5 cm) from the base. Place the base in a glass with 1 inch of water in it. After 5-7 days, plant it in your container. </li> <li>Use the same method to grow celery.</li> <li>Try planting sunflower seeds, the seeds from bell peppers or pumpkin seeds. </li> <li>Use what you have!</li> </ul> <h2>The Right to an Opinion</h2> <p>Children have the right to share their thoughts and opinions and be heard. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Articles 12 and 13. </p> <p>Have your child think of 5-10 opinions to share with you and discuss them seriously. For example, your child might say, “I think we should have ice cream for dinner.” What are the positives and negatives of having ice cream for dinner? </p> <p>Help your child think of ideas and opinions that are meaningful to them.</p> <h2>Review Questions</h2> <p>Ask your child:</p> <ul> <li>How does it feel to express your rights?</li> <li>Why do you think these rights exist?</li> <li>What can you do if you don’t think your rights are being respected?</li> </ul> <h2>Trivia answer</h2> <p>Answer: Pluto</p>

  • Grades K-3
  • Grades K-3

    Mindfulness Activity

    Trivia question: What is the name of Mickey Mouse’s pet dog?

    • Imagine that your pointer finger is a candle.
    • Hold up your candle, take a deep breath in, and then blow out the candle on your finger for as long as you can.
    • Notice how your breath fills up your belly when you breathe in.

    Friendship Story

    Supplies:

    • Paper
    • Pencil or markers

    Children have the right to take part in creative activities. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31.

    Have your child write a story about friendship.

    • Who are the main characters?
    • What types of adventures do they go on?
    • What types of challenges do they face?
    • How do they succeed?

    Help your child share the story with their best friends on the phone or by email. Your pets can be your best friends too, so don’t forget to include them

    The Right to a Clean Environment

    Supplies:

    • Recycled container
    • Coloured paper
    • Markers
    • Rocks
    • Dirt
    • Vegetable scraps

    Children have the right to a clean and safe environment to live in. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Article 24.

    • Find a container in your recycling that you could use to plant something in.
    • Have your child decorate it using coloured paper or markers.
    • Fill it with dirt (if it is a container without any holes in it, add some rocks to the bottom).

    The next time you are eating vegetables, save the scraps to see if you can grow something in your container. Some examples are:

    • Cut a romaine lettuce heart 2 inches (5 cm) from the base. Place the base in a glass with 1 inch of water in it. After 5-7 days, plant it in your container.
    • Use the same method to grow celery.
    • Try planting sunflower seeds, the seeds from bell peppers or pumpkin seeds.
    • Use what you have!

    The Right to an Opinion

    Children have the right to share their thoughts and opinions and be heard. This right is outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Articles 12 and 13.

    Have your child think of 5-10 opinions to share with you and discuss them seriously. For example, your child might say, “I think we should have ice cream for dinner.” What are the positives and negatives of having ice cream for dinner?

    Help your child think of ideas and opinions that are meaningful to them.

    Review Questions

    Ask your child:

    • How does it feel to express your rights?
    • Why do you think these rights exist?
    • What can you do if you don’t think your rights are being respected?

    Trivia answer

    Answer: Pluto

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 4-6

  • Grade 7+
  • Grade 7+

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