Student Verbal and Physical Problems Among Peers

Marta T. Colomer

P. S. 129




Students form friendships in school. You have seen many students becoming friends at P. S. 129. Students often encounter verbal and physical conflicts with one another, even among friends. Students need certain social skills to be able to make friends. When students have trouble making friends it can affect their emotions and self-esteem. As a result, they can feel sad and lonely, making them unable to enjoy school.

You have been assigned to a Student Review Safety Team to investigate this problem. Your team will examine the current school policies that address this issue, and make recommendations to improve on student behavior.



Students will work in small groups. Each team will develop a PowerPoint presentation based on their research that helps identify the problem, examine the causes, and make recommendations to improve on the current policies related to student conflict and confrontations. Your safety team with follow the Public Policy Analysis steps to assist you with your conclusions.



You will use the PPA format to document your information:

1 - What is the problem? Brainstorm ideas with your group.

2 - Show the evidence.

3 - What are the causes of the problem?

4 - What is the existing policy to deal with this problem?

5- What solutions can you create to deal with this problem?

6- Which one do you think is the best solution?



Survey to help you determine the causes of physical and verbal conflicts among students.


Internet Searches:

How to Be a Good Friend: Teaching Guide: Being Friends - Character Education - Social

Kids Friendships: Kids Health

Reading, discussion and analysis of the book A Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes in the classroom.



PowerPoint Rubric: Rubric PowerPoint Presentation

Poster Rubric: Poster



In conclusion, what does it take to for students to make and keep friendships and avoid verbal and physical problems among peers?



ELA and Social Studies Standards: RL.3.1, 4.1; RL.3.3, 4.3; RI.; W.3.1, 4.1; W.3.7. 4.7; SL.3.1, 4.1; SL.3.4, 4.4; L.3.1, 4.1