This is a lesson on bullying in elementary schools. Students will reflect on just what bullying is and how can they help stop it if they see it.
The goal is to stop bullying at schools by improving individual self-esteem, and to help students learn that the silent majority (85%) of students who aren't bullying and being mean should speak up for those who are being picked on. They can make a positive difference.
Having taught 9th grade Health for 15 years, when my son got a job teaching 4th-6th graders and asked me to help him create some lessons on self-esteem and bullying, the ideas flowed out of me like a river!!
The lesson you can download from this website for FREE is only one lesson out of a group of 10 lessons. It has directions included.
I have posted this one FREE lesson here, but you can purchase the other 9 lessons for $7.00 on this website:
This one FREE lesson is part of 10 lessons that could be taught as a unit, or as once a week lessons. There are 21 pages and teacher directions are included. The lessons are reflective, and engaging character lessons that begin with building self-esteem and then move into recognizing and dealing with bullying behaviors. The 10 lessons include:
1. What Makes Me Me (improving self-esteem)
2. Personality Survey #1 (more on who I am for building self-esteem)
3. Personality Survey #2 (more on who I am for building self-esteem)
4. Personality Survey #3 (more on who I am for building self-esteem)
5. How to Be Myself (building self-confidence and what is "fitting in?")
6. Being Myself and Proud of It (building self-esteem)
7. Bullying and Why Kids Do It (why humans bully)
8. Is It Bullying or Just Kidding Around? (recognizing bullying)
9. Stop the Bullying In Our School-including role-play scenarios (how to stop bullying)
10. Practicing Positive Self-Talk (the #1 way to improve self-esteem!)
I'm sure when you try these lessons your brain will be overloaded with additional ideas of your own to enhance the 10 lessons that are provided!
Here is Lesson # 9:
#9: Bullying At Our School and How to Stop It.
1. Do you think there is bullying at our school? If yes, list some of the examples of when you got bullied, or of someone you saw get bullied. (no names please!)
2. What do you think the difference is between bullying and just joking around?
3. If you saw someone else being bullied, did you do anything about it? Why or why not?
4. Do you think it would help if someone spoke up for a person being teased or bullied?
5. How do you think our school should handle bullying?
1. Have students think and fill out the sheet on their own first.
2. Next you could have partners share, or in small groups.
3. Generate a class brainstorm on the incidences of bullying they have seen and discuss how they might know if it's bullying or just joking around. (point out for them to ask, "how does the victim feel?" It's just the same as harrassment,. Bullying and harrassment are UNWANTED. IT is not mutual like kidding around. Students can learn to see if the victim is uncomfortable or hurt. It all depends on if the victim wanted or did not want what was happening to them.
4. You could think about having students choose sides and debate one of the questions.
5. For older students, have each student keep a journal to record bullying situations he or she observes each day or week. They could be investigators at recess (bully police!).
-They can tell names to you privately, but no names should be discussed in class.
These incidences of bullying can be discussed as a group on a daily or weekly basis.
6. Your class can adopt an anti-bullying project, like making posters to hang up around school, or visiting younger classrooms to promote getting along.
7. For the class, a chart can also be kept tabulating the number of incidences observed over a period of time to see if there are any changes. It can be tied into math and statistics and graphing!
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