If children do not understand how to recognize bullying behavior, how can they stop it? Here is a quick lesson you can use to help your students avoid bullies.
Materials: Graphic of web worksheet for each child. Chart paper, white board or electronic whiteboard.
- Create a web on chart paper, white board or electronic whiteboard with “HOW TO AVOID BULLIES” in the center and the outer circles empty.
- Ask the students to come up with ways characters in film or literature were able to defeat/avoid bullies peacefully. Write ideas in two bubbles.
- Instruct students to share more ideas with partners or in small groups. They should agree that all ideas are peaceful, win-win, solutions.
- Once partners or groups agree that solutions are non-violent they fill in the rest of the bubbles.
- After a few minutes share the responses. Groups present their webs to the class while the teacher leads the class in a discussion of which ones were the most appropriate. For example, if one group wrote, “Tell the bully she’s ugly,” the class could then debate about whether that would be a good choice.
- As an extension, students could sketch a cartoon, poster, or painting of positive ways to avoid bullies.