Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith: A Program about Being UU Every Day for Grades 2-3

Activity 4: Making a Group Decision

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Optional: Stickers

Preparation for Activity

  • Plan the scenario for which you will ask the group to make a decision. The decision could involve choosing a low-cost snack to serve to all RE groups at a future meeting time. Or, if the group or a larger RE group has an opportunity to play games, such as at a holiday party or a Game Day, the children might decide which games everyone will play.
  • Post blank newsprint.

Description of Activity

Participants practice reaching a group decision.

Tell the group you will guide them to use consensus to make a decision. Explain the decision they will make together now and when they (and, if applicable, others) will carry out the decision.

Optional: Use the sticker voting method mentioned in the Game Day story.

Here are some tips you may share with the group to help the process:

  • Avoid arguing for your own individual judgments. Approach the task on the basis of logic.
  • Avoid changing your mind if it is only to reach agreement and avoid conflict. Support only solutions with which you agree at least somewhat.
  • Stick to the consensus process. Avoid "conflict-reducing" techniques such as majority vote, averaging, or trading votes in reaching your decision.
  • View differences of opinion as a help rather than a hindrance in decision-making.