It isn’t fair! The theme song of the world. It is true. Many things aren’t fair. Yet, whenever children can be shown a fairer way of doing something, they begin to get the message that – We can make an effort to be fair.
This idea is for the classrooms that line up to go places – lunch, recess, gym, music, art, assemblies, etc.
I used each idea for a week just to be consistent for myself. To be fair, short weeks have to get an extra day in somehow. You will find more and better ways.
For fun, have the children identify ways to be fair about lining up – so everyone has a chance to be near the front..or back..or middle. 🙂
OPTIONS they may give or you can use.
1. Line up according to the rows: left to right, or right to left; front rows first or back rows.
2. Start with different corners of groups. If you are teaching cardinal points: north corner, south corner, east corner, and west corner.
3. Line up according to heights. (Don’t use this if someone is exceedingly tall or short. No point to making someone uncomfortable. I never used weight!)
4. Line up by birthdays, either the month or the day. Go backwards and forwards.
5. Line up alphabetically – first names or last names.
6. Surprise line ups. Colors of shirts or shoes – black, blue, green, pink, purple, red, white, yellow.
Being fair is a teaching lesson in itself.