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Grade 2 Books Overview

Enemy Pie - Derek Munson

Hey, Little Ant - Phillip & Hannah Hoose

Pinduli - Janell Cannon

The Summer My Father was Ten - Pat Brisson


A Ball For All - Brigitte Weninger (Discontinued)

Bat's Big Game - Margaret Read Macdonald (Discontinued)

Hey, Little Ant – Activity #2: “Bullying 101”

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  • Hey, Little Ant – Activity #2: “Bullying 101”

Activity #2: “Bullying 101”

This activity introduces specific concepts of bullying. Students review the steps to recognizing another person’s feelings, including what bullying looks like.


  • Chart Paper
  • Felt Pen
  • What Is Bullying? poster (provided)
  • Feeling cards (from Activity #1)
  • Recognizing Another Person’s Feelings chart (provided)

Teacher Preparation:

  • Enlarge/create the What Is Bullying? poster for the students to review.
  • Enlarge/create the Recognizing Another Person’s Feelings chart.


Step by Step:

Step One: Give a lesson about bullying. Ask the students if they thought that the kid in the story could be considered a bully and if so, why.

What is Bullying?

Explain the definition of bullying. It must include all 3 to be considered bullying:

  • bullying is when a person is “mean” over and over again
  • bullying involves a strong person that could be physically stronger (E.g.  bigger) or emotionally stronger (E.g. braver or angrier)
  • bullying consists of a power indifference such as size and/or age, and that there is intent to harm or be hurtful.

Review bullying behaviours so that students have a good idea of what actions constitute bullying.

  • Example – hitting, pushing, stealing, put-downs, starting rumours, etc.

Roles We Play

Explain that there are three roles that people play in a bullying situation. Post the role cards up on the chart paper.

Bully: The aggressor, the person(s) who tease, hit, push, write mean things, or tell others not to play with someone. (Feelings: angry, jealousy).

Target: The person who is being teased, hit, pushed, written about, or isolated. (Feelings: hurt, lonely).

Bystander: Those who see/witness the bullying. (Feelings: afraid, confused).

Step Two: While studying this book, select a different feeling word each day and display it on chart paper. Have students explore the nonverbal and verbal behaviours that may give us clues that a person may be feeling this way.

  • Example – What does the feeling AFRAID feel like? Sound like?


Sounds Like   Feels Like
Volume Facial expression  
Tone Gesture  
  Body Language  


Step Three: Review and discuss the steps to Recognizing Another’s Feelings using the chart provided.


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