Teach your students to think about their actions and prevent bullying in school
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Classroom teachers and experts share strategies for combating bullying behaviors and creating a safe classroom environment. Use the classroom activities and books to engage your students in discussions about bullying.
Student Projects and Activities
Work with your students to stop bullying before it starts by exposing the myths surrounding bullies and building conflict-resolution skills.
Face-to-face, in cyberspace, and everywhere in-between, bullying is a real issue in today’s youth culture. Use these resources in your classroom for Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October or throughout the year.
Watch five skits created by students at Asher Holmes Elementary School to help stop bullying in their school. Then encourage your students to write and perform their own anti-bullying skits.
Encourage students to talk about what behaviors, attitudes, and actions they think contribute to a climate of caring in the classroom, and play games that reinforce these values.
Books About Bullying
Get tips for using The Bully Book to set the tone for a positive and caring class and school environment.
After reading the book, students discuss how it makes people feel when others tease them, and how to accept differences in others.
After reading the book, students will find meaning in the book cover illustration, discuss ways to handle bullies, and create an advice book for kids.
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is excellent for a lesson on bullying and positive self concept. Students love David Catrow's illustrations, and they love Molly Lou Melon.
Leon, a fourth grader at The Ethical School, tries to outwit the school bully and learn to sew for fanatical teacher Miss Cronheim, with unexpected help from his final project: a doll with magical powers. Use these questions about the book to lead classroom discussions about Leon and bullying in your school.
Engage students with these three activities based on Leon and the Spitting Image from the Leon Zeisel series.
The Ant Bully provides opportunities to practice close reading, determine the theme of the book, and choose precise words. Activities ask students to generate questions and find answers about real ants, perform a dramatic reading, and create a “Stop the Bully” poster.
Use this helpful list of fictional stories about bullying to introduce younger learners to the themes of bullying and standing up for yourself and your friends.
Advice From Teachers and Experts
There are things you can do to help stop and prevent bullying. Here's where to start.
Bullying is a complex issue that can be difficult to approach. Veteran teacher Ruth Manna offers nine accessible strategies to apply in your classroom.
Educate yourself and be on the lookout for signs that cyberbullying is taking place. You may be the trusted adult a student turns to for help.
Address bullying at school with these useful tips and helpful advice for teachers.
The experts behind The Ophelia Project talk abut girl bullies and backstabbing in middle school. They give advice for reforming female bullies who pick on their friends.