Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Bully? Discussion Guide
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
About this book
About the Book
Billy finally stands up to Bertha, the school bully, and learns a reassuring lesson about courage.
Before Reading the Book
Choose a volunteer to read the title of the book. Does this title sound familiar to children? (Help children realize that this title is a take-off on the question “Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf?” from Little Red Riding Hood.) Ask children to explain what they think is happening on the cover.
Now that kids have read the book, can they explain the cover better?
How to Handle a Bully: Critical Thinking
Hold a group discussion about bullies. Have children had any problems with bullies? How did they handle them? Jot down students' suggestions. Do children think that the kids in the story handled Bertha the right way at the end? Why or why not? When the discussion is over, children might want to compile their suggestions for handling bullies into an advice book, How to Get Along.