Conflict Resolution Strategies for Grades 3-5: Activities & Printables

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Teach students conflict resolution skills and support their social-emotional learning (SEL) with these conflict resolution strategies and activities for elementary school.

Effective conflict resolution is a valuable social skill to learn and develop at any age. For students, conflict can arise on a daily basis, in and out of the learning environment. As educators, we wear many hats. Besides teaching young minds, we also have the privilege of nurturing their social-emotional learning and needs.

Conflict Resolution Activities: What’s Included

  • 6 conflict resolution activities - choose from role-play, writing, and drawing tasks, or introduce the benefits of meditation
  • Step-by-step instructions and teaching notes
  • Printable worksheets and posters to support activities

Teaching Conflict Resolution Using These Activities

These 6 conflict resolution activities help students develop a toolkit of strategies for resolving conflict. They will practice problem-solving, active listening, and effective communication to brainstorm solutions to different conflict scenarios and learn ways to regulate their own emotions. Conflict resolution is an important aspect of classroom management and social-emotional learning (SEL) and these practical and easy-to-follow activities are easy to integrate into existing SEL programs but also make a great starting point for lessons on conflict management, and developing effective conflict resolution in the classroom.

Choose From Activities Like

  • Activity 1: My Grumbles - Students listen to different points of view as they share the things that bother them, and work together to come up with possible solutions.
  • Activity 2: Morning Meditation - Students learn how clearing their minds and deep breathing can relax and calm them to set them up for a positive day.
  • Activity 3: Drawing Duos - Students collaborate and use their problem-solving skills to find solutions to student conflicts.
  • Activity 4: What NOT to Do! - Students role-play scenarios where classroom conflict has not been resolved in the right way.
  • Activity 5: What Would You Do? Students work in small groups to discuss different conflict scenarios and brainstorm solutions using the conflict resolution skills they’ve begun to develop.
  • Activity 6: The Worst Day Ever - Students complete a writing activity to reflect on a difficult situation they’ve experienced and then identify conflict resolution strategies they could have used to improve it.
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Heather Aulisio


About Heather

Heather Aulisio (B.S., M.S. Ed.) is a 5th grade math and science teacher. She has been teaching in a public school setting for 19 years. Heather has previously taught third… Read more

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