Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Conflict Resolution, and supports the skill of working collaboratively to problem solve constructively. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Ask students: Think of a time you had a conflict with someone. How did you resolve it?  


  • Read aloud the description on the Conflict Resolution topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the three Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a story about a relatable conflict, and show how the characters resolve it. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying strategies for resolving different kinds of conflicts. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a comic about two people using a healthy strategy to resolve a conflict. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about conflict resolution.  Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How could you help mediate a conflict between friends? 
  • What challenges might you face in trying to resolve a conflict? How can you overcome these challenges?
  • What kinds of words should you use when you’re resolving a conflict?  

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Conflict Resolution Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Apply understanding  by analyzing a Primary Source about an ancient conflict.

Continue to support students’ social emotional learning with topics and resources from BrainPOP’s Social Emotional Learning Collection

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments