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This presentation on recognizing and responding to bullying involves skits and role-playing

Subject:

P.E. & Health  

Grades:

2, 3, 4  

Title – Bullying: What is it?
By – Nate Higby, Eric Luneke, Arthur Shattan
Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education
Secondary Subjects – Other
Grade Level – 2-4

Rationale:

    Bullying is a serious issue in schools for all ages. The latest numbers researchers have discovered are that one out of every three kids are bullied in some way. Some may be physically bullied, or others may become the topic of cruel gossip, or just plain being made fun of. The scale of extremity may vary by age groups or by the people involved. In order to help prevent future cases of bullying, our freshman exhibition was focused on teaching the younger kids, who may not realize that they are bullying each other. It was our mission to try to encourage them to think before they act in a cruel manner. We hope that throughout their life, they will remember this course and its lessons and do the right thing with their knowledge.

Materials needed:

  • Hat
  • Scenarios
  • Q & A sheet

Procedure:

  • Ask class what bullying looks like and what happens.
  • Tell them the definition of a bully and bullying. Ask the question again and see if the response changes.
  • Give them little scenarios (tailor them to situations you have observed) and ask them if it is ‘bullying’
  • Ask them why they think people bully.
  • Do Activity 1 below.
  • After each skit, respond by telling them if they had the right idea or not about the response to being bullied and who to report it to.
  • Hand out your Q & A sheet and let them complete it. Feel free to wander around and help them out.
  • When they finish, go over the answers.
  • Debrief with students about what they learned today.

Extension Project:

  • Have class make anti-bullying posters or anti-bullying comic strips.

Q/A sheet:

  • What does bullying look like?
  • What happens?
  • Why do people bully?
  • How does being bullied affect the student?
  • How does bullying affect the bully?

Activity 1:

  • Divide class into either groups of four or five (3 may work, but can be tricky).
  • Have one student from each group pull a scenario from the hat (see below) that they must act out and teach others what to do.
  • Give them at least twenty to thirty minutes depended on your time constraints.
  • After each performance, reflect on it and ask the class if they should have done something different. Do not allow anyone to attack the groups. It can be confusing and hard on the class.
  • After every performance is done, debrief on what they have learned today.

Scenario Examples (for the hat):

  • Tom and his friend, Jack, both decide to make fun of a kid. You are talking to them and they tell you their plan. It sounds very mean. What should you do?
  • You see a friend crying and he tells you that he was being bullied. What should you do?
  • You see a kid throwing a ball at another kid. What should you do?

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