Looking at Conflict With Lex The Dinosaur Lawyer

This package contains several cross-curricular lessons for teachers to use when introducing law to the early elementary classroom. Specifically, this package addresses the definition and resolution of conflict. Using age appropriate vocabulary and context, the lessons are designed to teach students methods of conflict resolution. Each lesson can be used on its own or as part of the package.

Conflict is central to life and the need for law arises naturally out of this conflict. Over time, our society has developed a body of legal rules that defines our rights and responsibilities. These rules are used to resolve actual court cases involving conflict, but they are also used by us to guide our behaviour. Students will learn about some of the basic features and functions of the court system and other conflict resolution methods.

While it is true that the courts have devised a formal method for resolving disputes, it should also be noted that very few conflicts ever reach a courtroom. Most types of social conflict can be resolved informally; even the legal system uses methods such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Through a cross curricular approach students will be encouraged to consider alternative ways of resolving conflicts.

Download the lesson plan package below. The videos that correspond to the lesson plans can be found on our YouTube Channel or in the embedded playlist below. The final video in the series is a mock trial available in both English and French.

Dated Added:
August 1, 2013
Published By:
LawCentral Schools
Available in French
Grades 1 - 3
English, Social Studies
Courts, Mediation and Dispute Resolution, Mock Trials, Video


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