Bandaid Story Prompts
A Great Tool To Use with Children to help them process their stories
Kids love to talk about skinned knees, bruises, stitches & broken bones. They also love bandaids!
Have students write about a time that they hurt themselves.
– Where were they?
– What were they doing?
– How did they get hurt?
– What were their injuries?
– Who helped them?
Hand out an assortment of bandaids. You can get all sorts of colours, shapes, even patterned bandaids! (The Dollar Store will be your best friend for this project!) The students can use the bandaids to help illustrate what happened.
Bandaid Lesson ~ Fair is NOT Equal
“Fair doesn’t mean that everyone gets the same thing, fair means that everyone gets what they need.”
Most people believe that “fairness means that everyone gets the same”; whereas in reality “fairness means that everyone gets what he or she needs.” Further, fairness is one of the most commonly used arguments against inclusion. “Teaching students of different abilities in the same class isn’t fair to those who can move at a quicker pace,” or “It’s not fair to hold back some students to prevent others from falling behind.”
The best way to accommodate students of varying abilities in the same learning environment is through differentiated instruction; a methodology which enables students to progress at their own pace via activities that are developmentally appropriate.
What You Will Need:
- Injury cards (enough sets that each student has a card, duplicates are okay)
- Band-aids (enough for each student except one, latex-free in case of allergies)
- Download instructions as well as the injury cards to print & laminate here: FREEBandAidLessonFairIsNotEqual
- Handout one injury card to each student.
- Call students up one at a time to tell you their injury. No matter what the injury, give the student a band-aid. To any questions or complaints, respond that it wouldn’t be fair if you didn’t give everyone the same thing.
- Continue until all students except one have a band-aid. Tell the last student that you’re sorry, but you have no more band-aids.
Questions to guide discussion
- Was it equal that everyone got a band-aid?
- Was it fair that everyone got a band-aid? Why?
- If someone is injured, should you help them? Should you make fun of them?
- If someone is doing a different activity in class, should you make fun of them?
- How did the student who didn’t get a band-aid feel? Sad, left out, confused?
- Everyone getting the same thing wasn’t fair because it didn’t help most of the students. Sometimes students will do different things in class, but everyone is learning and getting what they need. It is important not to make anyone feel bad about doing something different.
- What other things in the classroom are our “injuries” like? What else can the Band-Aids be compared to? (The Band-Aids are like getting the help you need in class. Not getting the help you need in class is like not getting a band-aid). When a teacher is working with a small group or individual student, interrupting or distracting them is like taking away the student’s band-aid.
Make a Get Well Card Using Band Aids