Handling A Bully - 1
- Have you ever been in a situation where someone tried to frighten you because they were older or taller than you?
- Have you ever been in a situation where someone tried to make you do something wrong because they made you afraid to say no to them?
- Have you ever bullied someone?
- Is calling a person bad names bullying?
- Is it okay to say bad things to someone if you don’t hurt them physically?
- What happens if you witness bullying being done to someone else and you do nothing?
Discuss with students what bullying means. Review the discussion point questions.Teacher may want to share their own examples of when they encountered a bully or a bullying situation.
Possible activities to review the discussion point:
- The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
- Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their team's marker (x or o) on the grid.
- Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
- Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
- Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.
Discuss what it means to bully or be in a situation where bullying behavior is used. Explain to the class that a bully is a person who is mean with their actions or words; it is someone that wants to belittle or make you afraid. Ask the class to think of a time or situation that they experienced bullying or they saw bullying behaviors used towards someone else. Create a list of words and actions that a bully may use or that you have heard used by others. (Ex. You’re stupid) Record the list on the board.
- Chart paper or chalkboard or inactive board
Review the discussion and list generated in Activity 1. Talk to the class about situations when they can be a buddy rather than a bully. On the board or chart paper, begin a t-chart to record responses; one half of the board/chart to capture ideas of how to be a buddy and the other half to capture how to be a bully.
- T-chart created on chart paper or interactive board
Review the discussions from Activities 1 and 2. Discuss with students that there are strategies we can use to be smarter than a bully. On the board or chart paper, begin a t-chart to record responses; one half to capture the strategies to do and the other half to capture the actions not to do when dealing with a bully.
- T-chart (below) created on chart paper or interactive board
Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. .
- Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
- Pencil for each student
After students have finished, allow those that want to share their comic to do so or role play one of the example scripts.
Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.
- Enemy Pie , Munson, Derek
- Simon's Hook; A Story About Teases and Put-downs , Gedig Burnett, Karen
- Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage To Be Who You Are , Dismondy, Maria
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon , Lovell, Patty
- Stick and Stone , Ferry, Beth
- The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others , Sornson, Bob
- The Recess Queen, O'Neill, Alexis
Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.
In small groups, have the students create scripts that demonstrate how to deal with bullying appropriately. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.
- Script sheet for each group
- Pencil for each student
Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.
Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:
- create a script as a class
- pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
- create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.
Allow students time to complete the student assessment sheet. Discuss answers as a group when finished.
- Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
- A pencil for each student
Directions: Create a comic demonstrating how to be smarter than a bully. Finish the sentence below.