Lesson 7: Our Elders
7A: Letter from Cody
Hi friends! It’s Cody here.
My family and I are still at home. Are you? Yesterday, I wore my pajamas the whole day. It was awesome! But then I felt sleepy all the time. Zzzzz!
I heard on the news that the Peekaflu is dangerous for older people. Most of them can’t have visitors and must stay in their rooms. I’m pretty lucky that I get to be with my family. I can imagine that it’s a bit lonely and scary to be alone.
I want to do something for the older people in my community. I think maybe I’ll write them letters! I could add in some pictures, funny jokes, and a cool comic. Maybe they’ll even write back and we can become peeka-pen-pals! That’d be awesome.
Will you help me write some letters?
7B: Questions + Letter to Elder
- Parents/guardians, read the letter from Cody with your child(ren).
- Ask the following questions:
- How is Cody feeling?
- Why does Cody want to write letters to the elderly/senior citizens?
- What types of things can Cody include in his letter?
- Why do letters help show someone we care?
- Help Cody by writing a letter to a senior citizen, or elder, in your community. Use our template attached or create your own letter! Either mail the letter or take a picture and email it to a relative or to your local senior citizen center. How many can you write?
- Take a photo/video of your child’s letter(s) and post it on Twitter (tag @Peekapak). Cody may see it and respond!
Dear friend at <NAME OF CENTER>,
My name is <FIRST NAME>.
Include a story, some interesting facts, a joke, a picture! You choose!
I hope you are staying healthy and safe!
7C: What is Wise Dialogue
Dialogue: Read the conversation between Cody and his dad. Act it out or maybe even use puppets.
Cody: Dad! Dad! Dad! I sent a letter to Kenji’s granny and she sent one back to me. She’s my first peeka-pen-pal!
Dad: That’s wonderful Cody. What does it say?
Cody: She said that she liked my comic book and all the fun facts I taught her.
Dad: Are you going to write back?
Cody: Yes! I’m going to teach her all of the things I know, like who the coolest superheroes are right now and…and…the best strategy for winning berryball!
Dad: Hmmm… Instead of you teaching her. Maybe she could teach you?
Cody: Huh? But I’m the one in school.
Dad: That’s true, and you’ve learned a lot there. But elders are wise.
Cody: What does ‘wise’ mean?
Dad: Being wise means you have experience, knowledge and good judgement. Wisdom comes with age. They’ve seen a lot more, met a lot more people, and had some big life experiences.
Cody: That is true. Kenji always says he has a lot of respect for his granny because of the life she’s lived.
Dad: Exactly! We need to respect and listen to our elders. I think we should all go to Elder School.
Cody: That’s it! I’m going to ask Kenji’s granny to teach me something or tell me a story about her life. I could become wise too! Maybe I can even interview her on the phone?
Dad: Great idea Cody. I’ll sign up for Elder School too!
Inspired by the following story (great read for the adults!): https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/opinion/covid-home-school-grandparents.html
7D: Elder School Activity
- Senior citizens, or elders, have a lot of wisdom. They have met interesting people, visited fascinating places, and learned many life lessons along the way.
- Reach out to a grandparent, senior citizen from the community (get help from a parent), or your new peeka-pen-pal and ask them to teach you something interesting!
- Example topics:
- A life lesson
- What life used to be like (a typical day, their childhood, their job)
- An interesting story from their past
- An observation about life today
- Example topics:
- Schedule a time for the activity (give them time to think about their topic!).
- After your activity, write down (or draw) what you learned, have your child send in their summary or picture to their teacher and take a photo and post it on Twitter (tag @Peekapak). Cody may see it and respond!
- Write a letter of gratitude to your elder for giving you wisdom!
Download and review activity materials
- To access our Coronavirus Lesson plan materials please download from this folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NpRK0HI1EBOY2z4heOjGWwISQUVAfhTb?usp=sharing
Continue with the Peekaflu Unit:
- Lesson 1: The Peekaflu (above)
- 1A Letter from Cody
- 1B: Questions + Response
- Lesson 2: Berryball Blues
- 2A: Letter from Cody
- 2B: Questions + Response
- Lesson 3: We over Me
- 3A: We Over Me Dialogue
- 3B: Questions
- 3C: Scenario Cards Activity
- Lesson 4: A Special Space
- 4A: Letter from Cody
- 4B: Questions
- 4C: My Special Space Activity
- Lesson 5: From Stuck to Safe (Gratitude)
- 5A: Letter from Cody
- 5B: Questions + Letter of Gratitude
- 5C: Dr. Nurse Fights the Evil Peekaflu Comic Activity
- Lesson 6: Hibernation Station
- 6A: Letter from Cody
- 6B: My Secret Talent
- Lesson 7: Our Elders
- 7A: Letter from Cody
- 7B: Questions + Letter to Elder
- 7C: What is Wise Dialogue
- 7D: Elder School Activity
- Lesson 8: What do we need?
- 8A Letter from Inés
- 8B What Do You Need Match-Up
- 8C What Do I Need: Self-care Activity
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