Bully-Free Zone

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Mathematics
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

How does bullying behavior affect the school community and what is each person's responsibility to address it? 

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Unit Overview 

Students learn about bullying from literature to gain different perspectives. They take a survey and analyze the data collected to identify a need. They form groups to develop skits that illustrate "tools" for addressing bullying behavior. 

Service Experience 
Students create a survey to assess a community issue. They plan a project to prevent bullying in their school community using the bullying "tools" and skits and the anti-bullying pledge they created.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Bully-Free Zone
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

In this lesson, students learn to identify bullying behavior using two literature books, Mr. Lincoln's Way and The Secret Bully.  They compare and contrast two examples of bullying behavior portrayed in the books and create a peer/staff/family survey to research bullying behavior in their own school community.

Unit: 
Bully-Free Zone
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

The students experience and reflect on a literature book written from the view point of a reformed bully, Confessions of a Former Bully. They analyze the data collected from their survey to determine how bullying behavior affects their school. The students learn that addressing bullying behavior in their school community is an act for the common good - philanthropy. They form groups and develop skits that illustrate "tools" for addressing the behavior.

Unit: 
Bully-Free Zone
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

The students will present skits to illustrate strategies for addressing bullying behavior. They will compose a class pledge against bullying, and may choose to sign the pledge. The students will plan and implement a service project to inform the school community about bullying behavior and the strategies.