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Five Lesson Plans for No Name Calling Week 

During the third week of January, schools will aim to teach their students about the negative effects of name calling and ways students can avoid and prevent negative behavior.

Education World has gathered a list of lesson plans and resources for teachers to use during No Name Calling Week.

  1. Good Character: This website offers bullying lesson plans, discussion questions, and student activities for K-12 students. 
  2. Bullying & Teasing: In this lesson plan provided for grades K-5, educators can teach their students how to not to be a bully and how to speak up when they see bullying. After the lesson plan, students will be able to ask the following questions: 
  • Are my actions or words hurting someone else's feelings?
  • Are my actions or words hurting someone else physically or making that person feel afraid?
  • Would I want someone else to do this to me?
  • Am I unfairly taking my anger out on someone?
  • Am I trying to control someone against his or her will?
  1. Books: Reading books can be just as powerful of a teaching tool as lesson plans and activities. Here is a list of five books teachers can share with their students: 
  1. Think Before You Act: In this lesson plan, students will: 
  • Be able to articulate their values regarding conduct toward others and describe why they sometimes behave in ways that conflict with their values.
  • Be able to identify alternative ways to express their feelings when they are feeling tempted or pressured to bully others.
  • Be able to describe what it means to have empathy for those who are targeted for name-calling and bullying.
  1. Are You Part of the In-Crowd?: At the end of this lesson plan, students will:
  • Be able to describe group names and labels can be negative social forces at school. 
  • Be able to communicate their reflection on the impact of social hierarchies and boundaries and ways to address these issues.
  • Be able to develop and implement a plan for reducing social boundaries in school.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor