A (very) abridged version of Descartes' classic philosophical text for use with p4c classes.
Starting materials and lesson plans
This section is a library of starting materials, recommended resources, original stories, lesson plans, and a host of other items to help you bring about great philosophical inquiries.
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A story about a grasshopper who struggles to find a way in the world. Specially written for p4c.com in response to a forum discussion.
A poem by Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965), whose most recognised work would be the lyrics to 'Morning Has Broken'. The poem is a stimulus for interesting discussions at all levels on memory.
An original story about being good, doing good and being good at something. Lesson ideas are included.
A lesson plan for the SIP 3rd session, with 3 exercises: community building (turn-taking), enquiry building (keywording), and concept-stretching (belonging).
This unit builds on session 2, and consists of 3 exercises: community building (turn-taking), enquiry-building (keywording), and concept building (belonging).
Ideas for a community of enquiry on the concepts of healthy and unhealthy food, and also on the influence of advertising. (PDF attached)
An activity leading to dialogue about qualities of leadership after reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak (with activity cards).
A story about a the temptations of keeping a treat to oneself. It could lead to discussions about sharing, fairness and relationships between children and adults. A PDF file is attached.
An old tale about luck and consequences. It could lead into discussions about the pros and cons of basing one's decision-making solely on consideration of consequences, or on probability. The story is given on the webpage and as a PDF attachment.
A story about ghostly time-travelling relatives judging the ethical standards of different times. This could lead to a discussion about right and wrong, whether ethical standards change and how we should judge people in the past. A PDF file is attached.
A dialogue bringing together a number of the key concepts under the Primary SEAL theme 5: 'Good to be me'.