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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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Resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Although highlighted in this month, anti-bullying awareness should be practiced every day of the year.  If you SEE bullying taking place, SPEAK UP!  

Check out this short video at the Cartoon Network about joining the "I Speak Up" campaign. 

Have kids read this short saying:
"Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt you."  Is this a true statement? Explain your answer.

Personally, I never thought this to be true. Words are very powerful and negative words can and do hurt....a lot!  

Discussion Questions to ask Students:
1. What is your definition of a bully?  What are some examples of bullying?

2. Why do you think some people are bullies?

3. If you see someone being bullied, what could YOU do?

4. If YOU are being bullied, what could YOU do?

5. Have you ever been bullied? How did you feel? What did you do?

6. Have YOU ever bullied someone else? Have you ever been asked by others to join them in bullying someone else? How did you react to this?


A great start to discussing bullying might be to read about Hans Christian Andersen, the author of "The Ugly Duckling". Hans was often teased as a boy. He was very tall and skinny. He was called "scarecrow" by neighborhood children. One day, he actually climbed a tree to get away from bullies who were chasing him. Then, he got tangled and stuck. His father had to come help get Hans out of the tree.  Check out my resource, a play on Hans Christian Andersen. 

Other suggestions:

Using Literature to discuss the issue of bullying:

Read the story, the Ugly Duckling to start a discussion on bullying.   

Another story to read is Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. Find the story at this link.

Still another story is Cinderella.Find the story online at this link

Newspapers in Education has an online comic book story about bullying.

There are also many contemporary books that deal with bullying. Here is a small sampling for elementary and middle school student.

The Berenstain Bears and the Bully by Stan Berenstain

Blubber by Judy Blume

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Vedick.

The Bully from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler with Jared Lee.

My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phillis Reynolds Naylor

Find more books on bullying and read summaries at this link.

Read and listen to a short story about bullying online at this link.

I have compiled lots of additional links for classroom teachers to use on this topic. Go to this link.

I hope you find this information of value to use with your students!