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Have your students make a hand print and then sign their names to the Anti-Bullying Pledge


NOTE: During September 29-October 3rd, kids and adults are being encouraged to join the "I Speak Up" campaign sponsored by the Cartoon Network. It is the annual challenge to stand up to bullying. It is hoped that one million people will to make a video stating just three words,"I Speak Up" and upload their recordings to their site. Go toISpeakUp to learn more. National Bullying Prevention Month is in October.

I remember the saying "Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you". Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are VERY powerful and negative words can and do hurt...a lot! Each day, thousands of young people experience some sort of bullying, either in words and/or actions. If YOU see bullying, SPEAK UP!

  • Discussion Questions:
  • What is your definition of a bully? What are some examples of bullying?
  • Why do you think some people are bullies?
  • If you see someone being bullied, what could YOU do?
  • If YOU are being bullied, what could YOU do?
  • Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel? What did you do?
  • Have YOU ever bullied someone else? Have you ever been asked by others to join them in bullying someone else? How did you react to this?

  • Resources to use with students:

  • PBS KidsBeat the Bully activity
  • Using Literature to discuss the issue of bullying:

  • Read the story, the Ugly Duckling to start a discussion on bullying. Best Children's Books

  • Another story to read is Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. Find the story

  • Still another story is Cinderella.Find the story online at this link:Together We Teach

  • There are also many contemporary books that deal with bullying. Here is a small sampling for elementary and middle school student.
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan Berenstain
  • Blubber by Judy Blume
  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Vedick.
  • The Bully from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler with Jared Lee.
  • My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig
  • Roxie and the Hooligans by Phillis Reynolds Naylor

  • Find more books on bullying and read summaries at this link:

    Read and listen to a short story about bullying online at this link:

  • Newspapers in Education. Comic book story about bullying might lead to a good follow up discussion.


    NOTE: A great start to discussing bullying might be to read about Hans Christian Andersen, the author of "The Ugly Duckling". Hans was often teased as a boy. He was very tall and skinny. He was called "scarecrow" by neighborhood children. One day, he actually climbed a tree to get away from bullies who were chasing him! Once in the tree however, he got tangled and stuck. Hans' dad had to come get him down. Check out the play I wrote on Hans Christian Andersen at this link:To Tell the Truth Play on Hans Christian Andersen

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