Resources on Anti-Bullying

  • These following lesson plans and resources were compiled by the Office of Equity as a representative sampling of approaches that teachers may utilize to help students talk about topics related to social justice and equity. The below resources are presented as a sampling of approaches to this topic and are not endorsed by the Boston Public Schools or the BPS Office of Equity.

    Prior to utilizing any of these lessons or resources in the classroom, please refer to the Office of Equity's Guidelines for the Use of Offensive Terms in the Classroom document. If you would like assistance with these resources, please contact our office at 617-635-9650 or bpsequity@bostonpublicschools.org.

    Elementary

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    A Welcoming Classroom

    What makes you feel welcome or unwelcome? With the book The New Girl… And Me, discuss what your class can do to help others feel welcome. (Welcoming Schools)

     

    K - 2nd
    Words That Hurt and Words that Heal Using the book, One, talk with students about bullying and standing up for each other. (Other books can be used with this lesson as well.) (Welcoming Schools) K - 3rd

    Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling

    This lesson helps students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class and may be transferred to recess. (GLSEN)

    K - 5th

    Size Differences

    Studies show that school environments are the most common settings for teasing, harassment and bullying of children who are overweight. In this lesson, students evaluate their own biases related to size differences. (Teaching Tolerance)

    K - 5th

    What's a Clique?

    In this lesson, students will examine the cliques within their school community. They will also explore ways to integrate the student body and form relationships across, and in spite of, controlling cliques. (Teaching Tolerance)

    3rd - 5th

    Stand Up!

    This activity will remind students that no one deserves to be bullied and that everyone has a responsibility to report unkind acts. (Teaching Tolerance)

    3rd - 5th; 6th - 8th

    Where We Stand

    Students examine how they face everyday moral dilemmas and consider who and what influences their reactions when conflicts arise. (Teaching Tolerance)

    3rd - 5th; 6th - 8th

    Name-Calling and Feeling Safe in School

    Talk directly with your students about where they feel safe in your school, where they don’t and why. (Welcoming Schools)

    3rd - 6th

    Making Decisions: Ally or Bystander

    Help your students think through what they can do if they see bullying and how they can respond to LGBTQ, racial or religious slurs. (Welcoming Schools)

    3rd - 6th

    Secondary 

    Lesson Name Description Suggested Grades
    Stand Up! This activity will remind students that no one deserves to be bullied and that everyone has a responsibility to report unkind acts. (Teaching Tolerance) 3rd - 5th; 6th - 8th
    Where We Stand Students examine how they face everyday moral dilemmas and consider who and what influences their reactions when conflicts arise. (Teaching Tolerance) 3rd - 5th; 6th - 8th
    Developing Empathy This lesson helps students gain a deeper understanding of empathy and how to put it into practice. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th
    Blow the Whistle On Name-Calling This lesson helps students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class and may be transferred to recess. (GLSEN) 6th - 12th
    Cliques in Schools In this lesson, students will examine the cliques within their school community. They will also explore ways to integrate the student body and form relationships across, and in spite of, controlling cliques. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th
    One Survivor Remembers: Bullies & Bystanders This lesson reminds students that they, too, make choices about whether to stand aside—or stand up—when someone else is being maligned, bullied or harassed. In standing up, we honor not only the other person’s humanity but also our own. (Teaching Tolerance) 6th - 8th; 9th - 12th