This activity introduces specific concepts of bullying. Students review the steps to recognizing another person’s feelings, including what bullying looks like.
What Is Bullying? poster (provided)
Feeling cards (from Activity #1)
Recognizing Another Person’s Feelings chart (provided)
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?
Step Three: Review and discuss the steps to Recognizing Another’s Feelings using the chart provided.