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Bully-Proof Your Classroom

Bully-Proof Your Classroom

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TG5-036070. Copyright © 2008 by Scholastic Inc. Published by Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in China. The student activitypages in this teaching guide may be reproduced for classroom use only. Teaching Guide written by Carol McMullen and Joan Novelli.Teaching guide designed by Sydney Wright.
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illy calls Henry names and threatens him. Sam repeatedly takes things from Jake and trips him. Emma and her friends exclude Patty fromtheir club. Years ago, such behaviors as these (drawn from the NoBullies Allowed! series) might have elicited weak admonishments at best tothe bullies. In fact, adults may have dismissed such behaviors, believing thatbullying had to involve a physical attack of some kind, such as punchingor kicking. One study found that teachers intervened in only 4 percent of bullying incidents on playgrounds (Craig & Pepler, 1997). Yet research showsthat “as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10 percent are bullied on a regular basis” (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry[AACAP], 2001).Research shows that the impact of bullying is significant:
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Being bullied can interfere with a child’s social and emotionaldevelopment (AACAP,2001).
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It affects school performance (National Education Association [NEA], 1999;as cited in Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], 2003).
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Can lead to depression, anxiety, loneliness, and thoughts about suicide(Limber, 2002; Olweus, 1993; as cited in HRSA, 2003). As for the children who are bullying, they are more likely than their peerswho don’tbully to skip school and drop out of school. They arealso morelikely to smoke, drink alcohol, vandalize property, and get into fights (Nansel,etal., 2001, 2003; Olweus, 1993; as cited in HRSA, 2003). Bullying extendsbeyond those bullying and being bullied to affect other students, and createsaclimate of fear and disrespect, which negatively impacts learning (NEA,2003; as cited in HRSA).To effectively deal with this widespread problem, schools benefit fromdeveloping comprehensive bullying prevention and intervention programsstarting in the early grades. Classroom activities are a necessary piece of suchaprogram, and the
Bully-Proof Your Classroom Teaching Kit 
is designed tosupport those efforts to create safe classroom communities.
 Bully-Proof Your Classroom Teaching Kit © Scholastic Teaching Resources
 
How the Bully-Proof Your ClassroomTeaching Kit Can Help
This teaching kit is designed to help teachers implementbullying prevention and intervention strategies. In addition tothis teaching guide, the kit features six No Bullies Allowed!picture books and a two-sided poster, all designed for use with young children. Each title in the series introduces a different form of bullying through a story that includes characters andsituations children can easily relate to. While these stories canbe used in any order, the lessons in this book follow a sequencethat begins with understanding what it means to be a bully:
Before using the books inthis series as springboardsfor classroom discussion(and before any classdiscussion about bullying),review the followingguidelines with children:If you are telling about atime you were bullied, donot refer to the bully byname. (This protectseveryone’s privacy,prevents children frombeing put on the spot forreal or imagined events,and helps ensurechildrenwill be treated fairly.)Stick with the topic.Conflicts betweenindividuals need to besolved at a different timeusing conflict-resolutionand problem-solving skills.Respect each speaker.
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DiscussionRules
Henry’s Violin:
 What does itmean to be a bully?
Here Comes Smelly Nellie:
 What’s the differencebetween joking andbullying?
 Jake’s Secret:
 Anyone canbe a bully.
Patty and the Pink Princesses:
Leaving others out of agroup is a form of bullying.
 Bully-Proof Your Classroom Teaching Kit © Scholastic Teaching Resources
 
Each story ends without a resolution to the bullying situation andinstead poses an open-ended question to encourage class discussion.In addition, each book features discussion questions on the back cover to help children deepen their understanding. A separate lesson for each book includes before- and after-reading activities, discussionquestions, graphic organizers, role-playing prompts, reproducibleactivity pages, and more. Use the books, this teaching guide, and theposters to guide children in identifying and understanding appropriateandeffective actions they can take to address and prevent bullying.
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Trouble for Trudy:
 Why isit hard to stand up for a friend who is being bullied?
Ben’s Bad Day:
Is acting outdifferent from being a bully?How does it feel to behavelike a bully?
Teaching With the“No Bully Zone!” Poster 
Beforesharing the books withchildren, use the two-sided poster tointroduce the topic of bullying. Askchildren what they think it means tohave a “no bully” zone. How cantreating everyone with respect andkindness help create a bully-freeclassroom? What are some otherthings students can do? (Refer tothis question as you read the books with children, and discusswhat to do about bullying, such as playing where adults are present,telling adults if someone is being bullied, sticking up for a childwho is being bullied, and including others who might feel left out.)
 Bully-Proof Your Classroom Teaching Kit © Scholastic Teaching Resources

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