Lesson Plan

Forgiveness of Others

Forgiveness is an important skill to cultivate. In this lesson, students will hear a story about forgiveness, practice forgiveness through breathing and discussion, and create a craft that includes words of forgiveness.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define the word "forgiveness," practice forgiveness techniques, and color and create a hand with "forgiveness fingers."

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Bring students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask, "Has a friend ever made you sad or upset? What happened?"
  • Take 2–3 responses from the class. Try to make connections between students' comments.
  • Ask, "Has anyone forgiven a friend or someone who made you sad? What was that like?"
  • Take 2–3 responses. Try to make connections between students' comments.
  • Give an appropriate example of a time when someone has forgiven you in your life.
  • Explain how you felt when you were forgiven. Now share an appropriate example of when you've forgiven someone else.
  • Ask, "What is forgiveness?"