Can Your Students Define Bullying?

Each week on the QuaverSEL Blog, we highlight one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-competency. Today, we’re diving in to relationship skills and an activity that explores social engagement and bullying.

Let’s dig in! 

What is bullying? It can often be hard for students to recognize when they are in a bullying situation or when one of their peers is being bullied.

Take five minutes this week to help students gain a working definition of what is and is not bullying.

The activity “Bullying Clues,” found in Lesson 14 of the 4th Grade Curriculum, reinforces this theme.

First, click the PLAY button to listen to the definition of bullying.  Use the Draw Tool to circle key words or phrases that help define bullying, such as: “repeatedly” and “humiliate.”

Click the yellow arrow to navigate to the next page. On this page, click a card to reveal a descriptive word or phrase. Drag or ask a student to drag the card into the corresponding jar based on class responses. Which words or phrases describe a bullying incident?

Click the yellow arrow to progress to the next two pages. Listen to the situations by clicking the PLAY button. Ask students if they think the scene described is bullying.

An example might be, “Holden said, ‘I didn’t know our school had a geek club!'” 

Discuss with students why these situations are bullying or non-bullying situations.

If there is time left in class, you might consider ending with an SELMusic song, “Have You Ever Been Bullied?” Found in your SELMusic Library and in Lesson 14 of the 4th grade curriculum, this song reinforces the themes learned in “Bullying Clues” and opens up further discussion.

How do you address bullying in your classroom? 

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