Learners role-play responses to bullying behavior and start to brainstorm ways to promote kind behaviors at school and decrease bullying behaviors.
One 40-Minute or Two 20-Minute Sessions
The learners will:
Read aloud the book Have you Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide for Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. This book illustrates the concept that we all carry around an invisible bucket that contains the good things that people say and do. When something negative happens, we dip from our buckets. The story encourages young people to fill one anothers' buckets with kindness. Talk about actions that make us and others feel good about ourselves. Ask how having full buckets makes the whole school a better place.
Use a prop of a bucket and cut-out paper hearts on hand to illustrate the concepts from the book.
Students think of creative ways to respond to unkind behavior. They also brainstorm creative ways to promote kindness and stop bullying behavior at school.
Students have a discussion at home about ways to get kids in the whole school to do kind things for one another. They can also discuss ways to tell others to stop bullying behavior at school.
Literature: Read Chrysanthemum by Keven Henkes. Talk about how Chrysanthemum's feelings about her name change throughout the book. Discuss what helped Chrysanthemum feel stronger. Discuss how friends can help friends feel stronger in the face of bullying.
Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. Mulberry Books, 1996. ISBN-13: 978-0688147327
McCloud, Carol. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide for Daily Happiness for Kids. Ferne Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0978507510
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