Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Activity 1: Story - A Sea of Pink

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story and prepare to share it with the group.
  • Read the discussion questions. Choose those that will best help the children share their interpretations of the story and relate it to their own lives.

Description of Activity

Read or tell the story to the group.

After the story, invite the group to be silent for a moment to think about the story.

Then, ask participants to recap the story in their own words. What they recall indicates what they found most meaningful or memorable.

Say, in these words or your own:

We spend a lot of time talking about listening and cooperation and making a way for everyone to be heard. All of these things are important, but sometimes it is important to take action against something unjust. An action that shows your beliefs to others or an action that moves a situation from unfair, and wrong, toward fair, and right, is an example of using your fire power. With fire power, we show others that blazing place inside us that says "NO!" when we see someone doing harm.

A big problem in many schools and youth groups today is bullying. We're going to talk about ways to use our fire power against bullying.

Lead a discussion using these questions:

  • Does bullying happen at your school? In other groups of young people? In what sort of ways does it happen?
  • Have you ever stood up to a bully? What did you do? What happened then?
  • Have you ever given advice or comfort to someone who was bullied? What did you say?
  • Can you think of ways in which people act like bullies toward our environment, or toward whole groups of people?