Types of Conflict Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan provides activities to support instruction about conflict. By engaging in the activities in this lesson, students will learn about various types and causes of conflict.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • differentiate between types of conflict
  • identify the main sources of conflict
  • use content-specific language to describe conflict


This lesson will take approximately 45-60 minutes.



Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


  • conflict
  • interpersonal
  • intergroup
  • intrapersonal
  • intragroup


Materials needed: chart paper, markers

Activate prior knowledge by asking students to think about a conflict they have been in. Have them quickly jot down notes about who was involved, what were the issues, and how it was resolved.

Watch the lesson Conflict: Definition, Sources & Types as a class.

Pause at 1:28. Ask students the following:

  • Why is conflict important?
  • What are some examples of a productive conflict?

Ask students to refer back to the conflict in their notes to determine if it was productive and to add notes about why it was or was not productive.

Continue watching the lesson. Pause at 3:33.

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Provide each group with a set of materials.
  • Have students fold their chart paper into fourths and label them: Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Intergroup, and Intragroup.
  • In each section, have the groups define and give examples other than those provided in the video.
  • Provide groups with the opportunity to share.

Have each individual student refer back to the conflict in their notes and determine which category it belongs to.

Continue watching the remainder of the video.

Have students identify the source of conflict for the conflict in their notes.

Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

Classifying Conflicts

Materials Needed: spinner with 4 sections, index cards

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