The goal of this lesson developed by Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center is to help elementary-age students understand what bullying is and the role they can plan in stopping it. It includes a detailed lesson plan as well as links to video segments which may be useful. It also includes scenarios that students could role play as they consider how they might act in stopping bullying.
Students read a work of realistic fiction about bullying and gain understanding through writing, Readers Theatre, and discussion.
This lesson focuses on understanding bullying and the role students can play in bringing it to an end. It would be a good single-day lesson to mark Bullying Awareness Day, but the lesson does offer activities for extension beyond the single class period.
Every teacher wants school to be a safe space for all students. A space where students can be who they are and express their ideas in an open, collaborative way. For kids who are bullied, that feeling of safety is removed. Until aggressors of a bullied student are stopped, that safety cannot be regained. When we talk about the bullying of LGBTQ+ students, however, it isn’t as simple as addressing aggressors alone.
Discover what Wisconsin educator, Patty Zemke has to share about how the bullying of LGBTQ+ students is more than just an aggressor-victim conflict, and demonstrate ways you can create a welcoming space for students of all identities in a short video in the post on the aka Teacher blog.
Hosted by PBS Wisconsin Education, and created with and for Wisconsin educators, the aka Teacher blog offers a space for exploring the many hats educators today wear, and the topics that aren’t covered in teacher preparation programs.
Blog posts include videos featuring educators around the state, and resources you can share with learners and use to continue your own learning.
Balloons serve as a conduit in this lesson in which students "burst" stereotypes that unfairly label individuals or groups.
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children has developed a series of lessons focused on discussion of what bullying is as well as the role students can play as upstanders. Activities also focus on the role empathy plays in the upstanding process. According to the mission statement of the organization, "Our prevention programs educate and empower children and relevant adults with information and strategies to prevent, recognize, and respond appropriately to the four types of child abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, and neglect), exploitation, bullying, cyberbullying, human trafficking, digital abuse, and other digital dangers."
Requiring students to preview a topic prior to discussing a difficult text or challenging topic aids student comprehension and allows for deeper discussion. In this activity, 8th grade students respond in writing to quotes from a book independently and then rotate from one quote to another responding to additional quotes or student responses.Students share their thoughts and predictions during a whole class discussion using quotes to support their thinking. Individual reflection closes the lesson and prepares students for the next days reading by asking students to predict the theme or storyline based on the quotes and class discussion.