Through fun, games, play, ground rules, teamwork, active learning, feedback from family, and role play, participating students learn about bullying and some effective approaches to deal with bully situations. Lessons employ techniques that include multiple intelligences including those who are: linguistic, visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal (students work on individual values), and logical.
The students have an opportunity to discuss not only different types of bullies but also students examine victim and bystander characteristics. Then, with their families, students explore their personal values. Knowing what personal values are and which values are personally important helps in making healthy decisions and, by default, helps in solving problems such as bullying. It is through an identification of values that children learn how to make decisions that shape ethical behavior including how to avoid bullying and bully tactics. Finally, through discussion, teamwork, and role play, students experience what it is like to be a bully, a victim, and a bystander. The overall goal of this lesson is for participating students to build empathy, understanding, and tolerance for others which should help minimize bullying.
Vocabulary: bully, victim, bystander, bullying, values, personal values, tolerance, teamwork, role play, icebreaker, family involvement, awareness, active learning, scenarios, multiple intelligences, intimidator, smooth talker, cyberbully, scam, post, threaten
Contents: Overview, Introduction, Materials needed, Objectives, Activity steps (step-by-step detailed instructions), Reference section, Handouts (Values vs. Valuables, Intimidators, Smooth talkers, Cyberbullies, Role play scenarios 1 – 4).
Grayscale Handouts are included on pages 29 – 36.
Because of the role play scenarios and student experience required, teaching duration will vary upon class size.