Stories: The Well of Lost Wishes

Links to Goal: Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (more information here)

‘The Well of Lost Wishes.’ (suitable for 1st to 6th class)

The story is retold from a collection of short stories by Oien DeBhairduin: ‘Why the Moon Travels.’

Suggestions for follow on questions for class discussion:

  • Why did the wishes granted by the well start to go wrong?
  • Are everyone’s needs the same?
  • What could the well in the story be representing in the real world?
  • Do you know where your nearest holy well is?
  • If you had one wish to change something for someone else what would it be?
  • If you were granted one wish to make the world a more just or fair place what would it be?

Activity:

For Global Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions we are going to take a trip back in history to pre-Christian Ireland. It was a time when an ancient set of laws governed the land, the Brehon Laws. The ‘law of the land’ when the interests of animals and plants had equal status with the interests of people. Learn a little about the Brehon law system and then role play being Brehon community judges.

Age group: 3rd- 6th class

· Theatrix of Law Activity

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Book:  I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark written by Debbie Levy and Illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley 

Links to Goal: Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (more information here)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was extremely influential in American politics and left a strong legacy that has echoed around the globe. Learn about her humble beginnings and the challenges she faced while fighting inequality and prejudice. Then complete the activities to evoke discussions about what justice truly means and how one can act to protect it right now.  

Activities:

Get comfortable and get ready to learn about a strong, courageous women and her fight for justice!  

Age group: Junior Infants – Sixth Class

Get creative by designing your very own Ruth Bader Ginsburg collar! Do not forget to get inspired by checking out her very own collection of collars: 

Age Group: 1st – 6th class

It was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s job to listen to arguments for both sides of an opinion and decide which side was just; now it is your turn! 

Age Group: 1st – 6th class

Concur or dissent? You decide! This activity will provoke discussions around global issues and allow students to form their own opinions.  

Age Group: 2nd – 5th class

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a fascinating, eventful life! Highlight some of the most important parts of it: 

Age Group: 2nd – 5th class

Lots of new words appeared in this reading, learn what they mean so you can add them to your own vocabulary!  

Age Group: 3rd – 6th class

Ruth Bader Ginsburg started just like you! Think about ways to take action for justice right now! 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was extremely influential in American politics and left a strong legacy that has echoed around the globe. Learn about her humble beginnings and the challenges she faced while fighting inequality and prejudice. Then complete the activities to evoke discussions about what justice truly means and how one can act to protect it right now.  

Activities:

Get comfortable and get ready to learn about a strong, courageous women and her fight for justice!  

Age group: Junior Infants – Sixth Class

Get creative by designing your very own Ruth Bader Ginsburg collar! Do not forget to get inspired by checking out her very own collection of collars: 

Age Group: 1st – 6th class

It was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s job to listen to arguments for both sides of an opinion and decide which side was just; now it is your turn! 

Age Group: 1st – 6th class

Concur or dissent? You decide! This activity will provoke discussions around global issues and allow students to form their own opinions.  

Age Group: 2nd – 5th class

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lived a fascinating, eventful life! Highlight some of the most important parts of it: 

Age Group: 2nd – 5th class

Lots of new words appeared in this reading, learn what they mean so you can add them to your own vocabulary!  

Age Group: 3rd – 6th class

Ruth Bader Ginsburg started just like you! Think about ways to take action for justice right now!