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Bullying Activities For Elementary Students |TOP|

The AFT is pleased to partner with the Special Olympics Project UNIFY to provide resources to educators of students with disabilities to combat bullying. Below are resources that have been developed to aid in this fight.

bullying activities for elementary students

Not all students respond equally to bullying prevention strategies, for lots of reasons. Schools implementing PBIS will find it to be an effective framework for preventing and reducing bullying behavior in schools. The strategies listed here come from the resource Reducing the Effectiveness of Bullying Behavior in Schools.

The first step to starting bullying prevention in your school is to identify whether bullying behavior is a major concern in your building. How often does bullying happen at your school? How many students are involved either as someone demonstrating bullying behavior or as a target of the behavior? Decide as a leadership team whether it is important to you to invest in prevention at your school.

This is a guide for middle schools implementing Tier 1 supports. It provides the self-assessment tools, and lesson plans for teaching core bullying prevention skills. It also includes procedures for conducting student surveys, and student focus groups to ensure that bullying prevention practices adopted by a school are not just technically consistent with research findings, but are culturally consistent with the students and families within the school.

Students with Solutions is a project designed for educators to engage their students around bullying prevention. Through the project, students will watch a video, followed by a handout review, and respond to the content in their own creative way through art, writing, graphics, or videos for the chance to win prizes for their school! Prizes range from swag and art materials to gift cards and the grand prize is an outside buddy bench for their school.

The Allegheny Valley School District promotes a safe, positive environment for students and staff that is free from bullying. Bullying activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the District and are prohibited at all times. School Board policy #249 guides the District in its procedures and decisions concerning matters that deal with bullying.

The elementary buildings reinforce positive behavior through PATHS and Emozi programs, which stress Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) as a critical component of the educational experience. It has proven to lead to improvements in student behavior, reductions in classroom disruption, and greater academic achievement. It does so by going beyond traditional academic skills and teaching students how to resolve conflicts, handle emotions, empathize, and make responsible decisions.

Bullying Prevention Curriculum (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) -schools/bullying-preventionThe Bullying Prevention Curriculum is a teacher-directed curriculum that uses an age-appropriate and multi-strategy approach. The publications explore the key knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make a school free of bullying behavior. Real-life situations are outlined so students can practice communication skills that are effective in addressing bullying behavior. Fun and engaging activities help with the comprehension of bullying behavior and relationships. Available online for free: or email at

"Don't Laugh at Me" - Operation Respect Don't Laugh at Me is a program designed for use with elementary and middle school youth to help address bullying, ridiculing, teasing, and harassing in today's schools. The initiative uses music, video, and well-tested instructional activities to help students recognize intolerance due to personal differences, understand that differences are positive, develop compassion for others who are different from themselves, and learn that teasing, name calling, exclusion, and ridicule are hurtful to others. Teachers are provided with strategies for helping students develop new ways to resolve conflicts positively.Ordering Information: Curriculum available for download at -content/uploads/2016/01/Final-Curriculum-Guide.pdfCost: Free

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages 5-15 years old). Research has shown that OBPP is also effective in high schools with some program adaptation. All students participate in most aspects of the program, while students identified as bullying others, or as targets of bullying, receive additional individualized interventions. The program has been recognized by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education as an effective program. Rather than simply providing books, videos, and lesson plans on bullying, this program helps a school develop an extensive bullying plan with components at the school, teacher, classroom, and community levels. The organization also helps schools find funding to implement the program. Ordering Information: _prevention_resources.pageCost: Refer to the website for information on all services and products.

Virgil The Bully From Cyberspace Teacher's Edition & Book Elementary Curriculum Unit (Grades 1-3) This curriculum uses the book Virgil: The Bully From Cyberspace to inform children about friendship and bullying prevention. The teacher's guide presents a lesson plan on an aspect of bullying for each of the nine chapters in the book. Each lesson outlines the key concepts of the chapter, its objective, and rationale. A reinforcement activity and other suggested follow-up activities are also part of each lesson. The parent component consists of a series of letters to send home for further discussion.

There's No Excuse For Peer Abuse Elementary School Program(Grades 3-5) This unit is designed to teach students positive bystander behavior. Children learn respect and empathy in an effort to help create a positive and healthy school culture and climate. Topics include Types of bullying - cyber, social, physical, emotional, bias based; becoming a positive bystander without putting yourself or anyone else in danger; what to do if you're bullied; Internet safety; How not to become a target; The difference between bullying and conflict, The difference between ratting and reporting; and how to create a bully-free environment

Bullying. Ignorance is No DefenseThis manual utilizes best practices as suggested by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to help students understand the risks involved to themselves and others when it comes to bullying. The goal of the program is to train youth to use alternative methods to resolve problems rather than using bullying behaviors and to educate them about bullying, bias-based offenses, and hate crimes. Providing students with opportunities to understand the seriousness of their behavior and practicing appropriate problem-solving strategies reduces the likelihood of them repeating bullying behavior.

Bullying remains a major problem in schools across the world. The impact it has on kids is huge. At the very least, it significantly reduces confidence and self-esteem, but at the worst it can lead to self-harm and suicide. We must do everything that we can to prevent bullying in all its manifestations. It is, therefore, important to address it directly in a school or classroom setting. There are many ways you can do that in a fun, interactive way, that gets students involved. Here are just a few anti-bullying activities, appropriate for high school students.

The way bullying is portrayed in the media can have an important effect on society as a whole. Even when you don't realize it, watching movies causes you to receive all kinds of implicit messages. For this activity, have students analyze how bullying is treated in various movies. Examples of movies that work well include Wreck-It Ralph, Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story, Harriet the Spy, or even Mean Girls.

For this activity, you can give students a lot of freedom to lead the way. After spending some time studying bullying, its major consequences, and the ways they can advocate for their peers, have students put together a series of action plans. They can start by creating an individual action plan for what they will do if, and when, they witness bullying themselves. Then, they can work in groups to create an action plan for the school as a whole. What can the school do to reduce or prevent bullying? How can students create an engaging campaign to get the whole school behind the issue? You'll be amazed at some of the things your students come up with.

For this activity, have students summarize what they've learned about cyber safety and online anti-bullying measures. They can create a poster presentation, a video, a skit, or song. How they present it is up to them, but the goal is for them to educate others and pass along everything that they have learned to the community as a whole. By engaging an entire school community in the topic, it can have a big impact on the prevalence of bullying.

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