I was able to teach some philosophy lessons to a year 4 class using the text "How Full is Your Bucket?" The book explains that we all carry invisible buckets in which we keep our feelings and emotions. When our bucket is full, we feel happy. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad and empty. The book shows students how we can help fill other people's buckets and in doing so, fill our own.
These lessons were a great way to get students talking about issues within the classroom and it helped create a great classroom culture. The students created their own buckets, which we displayed in the classroom, and students were able to fill other student's buckets by leaving nice notes in them.
The discussions were a great way to extend the concept outside of the classroom and into the playground and at home and the community. I cannot wait to do this unit with my year 4s next year!