Bully Prevention

Radix Elementary School

Before beginning, students should be aware of the term, “bully,” and the expression “fooling around.”

• Students will understand the difference between being a bully and “fooling around” with their siblings and peers.
• Students will evaluate behaviors during lunch and recess to calculate how many situations demonstrated bullying behaviors.
• Students will brainstorm independently or along with family members, ideas to prevent bullying, and apply this method as needed in life.
• Students will role play a bullying behavior and demonstrate a way to manage the bullying incident (in cooperative groups).
Day 1: Have students answer and share their responses to #1-4 on the worksheet that correlates with this lesson, as the teacher leads the discussion.

Day 2: Place the students in cooperative groups and allow them time to choose a bully situation to act out along with a resolution. The time needed to practice can be determined by teacher. (The teacher should also rotate and listen in on students’ role playing to prevent hurtful comments during presentations.) After practicing, students will then role play for the class a bullying behavior and an effective way to manage the situation.

Day 3: Have the students share the bullying situations they observed during their lunch and recess and brainstorm ways to manage the situations or discuss how the situations were managed.

Teacher time:  Type up a small packet from the students’ ideas to prevent bullying and pass out to class.
Language Arts:  Students can remain in their cooperative groups, or be placed within their guided reading groups to develop a play that would include the moral of “bullying is unacceptable behavior.” (It is not caring or respectful.) Students could then write a script and have children formally act out a play or write a story (using the same moral) and use descriptive pictures. Assign parts within the groups to allow for fair and equal participation on all students.

Social Studies:  Have students study the way immigrants were treated when they first arrived in America. Allow them to describe a bullying situation and then think of proper ways to have handled these situations. This lesson can also be related to the treatment Native Americans with the arrival of Europeans, the treatment of African Americans, etc.
Karen Gallagher, a staff member at Radix Elementary School, a 2007 National School of Character, wrote this lesson.