We have developed The Anti-Bullying Campus: A Social Media Campaign, an approach that utilizes research, posters, writing skills, skits, and social media. Students will learn facts about bullying, how to recognize bullying, and how to empower themselves when confronted with a bullying situation.
We have also developed the complete unit plan, English Language Arts: Story Elements that Entertain, for upper elementary and middle school that will compliment The Bully Busters and align with educational and Common Core standards. This unit utilizes strategies for reading comprehension, writing to entertain, story elements, and plot structure. The bonus feature is the inherent anti-bullying theme incorporated throughout the unit.
Find free printables related to the book, The Bully Busters, under the Teacher Resources tab.
Www.stopbullying.gov is a wonderful website for research and gathering ideas for your anti-bullying project.
Anti-Bullying Poster Palooza
- Have students get into groups of two or three and create a list of anti-bullying slogans.
- Have groups select a favorite slogan from their list and use it to create an anti-bullying poster.
- Students should present posters to the class and discuss the thoughts and reasoning’s behind their slogan and poster design.
- Extension: Get permission from school administration to display posters in your school’s hallways and/or cafeteria.
- Materials: Pencils/pens, Notebook paper, Poster board, Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils
Use the free printable, Create a Character, to develop each character in the skit.
- Write a bullying skit that you and a group can act out in class.
- After the skit, discuss the key factors that occurred during the mock event and how you can better identify bullying situations (sometimes it’s not as easy as you think).
- As a class, discuss ways that you can help someone who is being legitimately bullied.
- Extension: Again, if you have the capability, iMovie on the iPad or Window’s Movie Maker could be used to make a short trailer for each skit.
Bust a Rhyme
- Write a poem or rap about why people should not bully others, and read it or perform it to your class (if you can’t rap, you may want to stay far away from this one).
- Extension: If you have the capability, iMovie on the iPad or Window’s Movie Maker are both great, user-friendly applications for creating a rap or dramatic, poetic video. Don’t be afraid, most kids already know how to use these.
- Materials: Pencils/pens, Notebook paper, Any type of recording device (iPad, iPod, cell phone, digital camera/video recorder, etc.)
Time to get Up-close and Personal
- Write in your journal about a time when you were bullied and how the situation made you feel.
- How did you react to the incident?
- Why do you think people bully?
- What was the outcome of the event? Was the problem ever resolved?
Turn that Frown Upside Down!
- Tell a cafeteria food service technician (aka lunchroom monitor or aka lunch lady) that you are happy to see them and that you hope they have a great day.
- Caution! It may take most monitors a few days to warm-up to this unexpected kindness.
- Extension: Continue to be nice and respectful to the entire lunch staff for the rest of the year. It’s not just an assignment. It’s your duty!
What’s the Bullying Flavor of the Day?
- List the four types of bullying:
- Physical - punching, pushing, grabbing, kicking, spitting, etc.
- Verbal - name calling, threatening, teasing, etc.
- Indirect or Psychological - spreading rumors, excluding people from games and groups, etc.
- Cyber - verbally attacking others in social media, texting or sending embarrassing information or photos of people, etc.
- Pair students up or put them in groups of three.
- Have them create a skit displaying one of the four types of bullying. If possible, have students use iMovie or Movie Maker to create video trailers of their skit, adding music and cinematography.
- Show trailers to class and discuss each type of bullying displayed.
Make a List3 (that means list x list x list)
- Make a list of all the different types of bullying that you can think of.
- Next, make a list of all the ways that bystanders can make a bullying situation worse.
- Finally, make one last list of all the ways that bystanders can prevent or make a bullying situation better.
- Present your outcomes to the class, and discuss the different aspects of each list.
Venn Diagram: get the free printable The Bully Busters: Venn Diagram
Jackson and Jasmine Trotter – Are they really so different?
- Create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Jackson’s and Jasmine’s characters.
- Extension: Using your Venn diagram as a guide, write a paragraph explaining Jackson and Jasmine’s similarities, and then write another paragraph explaining their differences.
- Create a school-wide anti-bullying campaign.
- Come up with anti-bullying slogans and display them on posters.
- Along with your school’s administration, create an anti-bullying council that meets monthly to talk about your school’s bullying problems, potential bullies and their targets, and restorative practices for all involved.
- Create a system of anti-bullying peer police who will offer bullying victims a safe circle of friends as well as the secure feeling of peer support.
- Let bullies know that their behavior will not be tolerated in your school.
And the Survey Says?
- Have students create an anonymous bullying survey with help from your school’s administration to see how prevalent bullying is to your school (making the survey anonymous will help in gathering valid results).
- Present the results to school officials and offer ideas for a school-wide anti-bullying campaign (see previous project).