Like most schools, we have a few bullies and a lot of bystanders who don’t always know the right thing to do when they see bullying happen. There’s an awesome student teacher in Rainbow City this year, and she thought of a great bully awareness lesson. Her name is Valeen, and her idea is to ask kids who they really are on the inside and to make a pledge to do their part to end bullying.
We began the lesson by reading Patricia Polacco’s book Bully, first because our students love Patricia Polacco, and also because we are about to start blogging as a class and as individuals. Polacco’s book addresses the issue of cyber-bullying as well as kids generally being mean to others.
After reading the book aloud, we had a great discussion about bullying and the different forms it takes. We also spent some time discussing the responsibility of the bystander to do something about the situation, such as getting help from an adult or befriending the child who was bullied.
The activity consisted of asking each student to choose a car, cut it out, and write a short statement or pledge in the window (cab of the car, taxi, or truck) telling what he/she will do to end bullying. The cars are on a bulletin board in our classroom as a reminder that our students are “Children Against Bullying” and we can see who really is “in their cab”.
Valeen’s idea, embellished by me with her permission is now available free to you and your students in my TpT store. I have included a book list for those who would rather not read the Polacco book, and a sign without our names on it to hang on your bulletin board.
Wishing you peace and love,
Valeen and Retta