Cockatoo: The key issue
explored in this segment is personal space.
Curriculum Suggestion: If there is any use
of live creatures in the classroom, there is an opportunity to
reinforce the issue of personal space. i.e.
If insects or crayfish are used, have the students place a pencil or
like object near the critter. Have them watch for a response by
bringing the object closer and closer to the critter. At the
first sign of a response, have them record the distance from the
critter to the pencil. Compare the distances of different
critters of the same species and/or critters of different
Exercise objective: 1. Students will
observe that critters within the same species have different personal
space requirements. 2. Students will
recognize that living creatures respond to their involvement.
Alternative Issues: Students have a
choice to step in and help or to stay back and use a bigger
space bubble for their personal safety. They
can observe the body language of people or animals to make that
Curriculum Suggestion: Use facial
or other expressions for children to suggest a safe space they would
like. i.e. How far would you like to be from
someone who looks angry, moody, frightened, lonely, mean, or is
violent. Exercise Objective: Students
will recognize that they have personal preferences and have a choice
about their personal space bubble in different circumstances.
Blue & Gold Macaw: The key issue
explored in this segment is, we are responsible for our self protection.
We should always think before we do things to insure we
and others are safe.
Snake: The Key issue
explored during this segment is the importance of gathering
information before you jump to conclusions.
Curriculum Suggestion: This excersize is best used
on an individual bases. As students are asked to do activities
have them list the possible outcomes based on the choices they can
make. This may also be used in conjunction
with a history lesson or story. In this setting, let the
students determine possible outcome based on other choices heroes or
individuals in history could have made. i.e. George
Washington's choice to lead the continental army, or a discussion
about a current event figure. Exercise
Objective: Students will practice decision making.
NOTE: This is not a value exercise. It is
designed for students to recognize that they have more than one choice
Tortoise: The Key issue
for this segment is the qualities of a good friend:
A good listeners, dependability, and the ability to not be self centered
or ego centric.
Suggestion: Have students view a cut from a video or
hear a portion of a conversation. Let them suggest what is
happening. Gather all the suggestions and then play the complete
incident on the video or the complete conversation to determine how
accurate or inaccurate they were. ( In this exercise the more
misrepresentation of the actual event that is suggested the more it
will illustrate the importance of gathering information.) i.e.
Students are encouraged to play detective and discover the plot, or
they are scientists who are on the verge of discovering some new
formula. Exercise Objective: Students
will understand that gathering information is an important exersize
before you make a determination.
School Survey finds 30% of students responding that it is easier to
remember what is respectful after participating at a Critters &
Company lyceum. A survey conducted at Fairview Elementary,
after Critters & Company's "Friends & Choices" lyceum,
resulted in a positive awareness of issues related to respect and
Students chose one of three answers in
response to a seven question survey;
- I didn't know that before. It's new to me.
- I did know it.
- I did know it, but I learned it much
better. It will be easier to remember.
The most surprising information we received was
that 29% of the students said that "It's important to give people
their personal space" was new information to them.