September 21st is known around the globe as International Peace Day or World Peace Day. First recognized in 1981, this holiday asks that world leaders from every country ask their military and their people to cease fire for one day. It is a day dedicated to the absence of war.
The celebrations continue to grow as this holiday enters its third decade. Many major cities ring a peace bell. Citizens and students wear a white dove to symbolize peace. And other communities sponsor peace parades and vigils.
Celebrating World Peace Day in Your Classroom
International Peace Day presents educators with an opportunity to teach their students about history, the importance of peace and the costs of war. It's a day that can be celebrated in many different ways. For example, you might ask each student to write about what peace means to them. You might invite a veteran into your classroom to speak about war and peace.
You can also use many of the teaching resources found at Teacher Planet. They offer teaching peace lesson plans. You can also find crafts and activities dedicated to teaching about International Peace Day. Activities, clip-art and additional teaching resources help round out the abundance of teaching information. Share the message of peace with your young students and let Teacher Planet help.