When your students arrive, share the following video.
Sheepdog herding sheep, aerial view seen from the sky
- What impressed you the most about this video? (Answers will vary; students may express their surprise at the behavior of the sheep or the ability of the sheep dog to herd them.)
- What made the sheep behave this way? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
This video gave us an example of what’s called “herd mentality” in the animal kingdom. Although that term is applied to humans, too, a more common term for people following the pack is “peer pressure.”
In the clip, the herd behavior was beautiful and mesmerizing to watch. But frequently in nature, herd mentality can cause an entire herd of sheep to plunge off of a high cliff to their death or a group of whales to swim up onto the beach and die.
- Can you share about a time when you experienced peer pressure for good or bad? (Allow several students to share.)
- What made you follow the crowd in that situation? (Answers will vary.)
Today we’re going to talk about a time when Israel demonstrated a “herd mentality.” Let’s see what happened as a result.