Bullying is a behavior not a person. Recent reports estimate that about 20% of children have been the victim of bullying at school.1 Bullying is intentional negative behavior that is repeated and involves an imbalance of social or physical power.2 Bullying inherently involves social relationships which affects all participants involved: the child being bullied, the child doing the bullying, and the bystanders. It is important to recognize that all children have the potential to be involved in any one of those roles at different times in their school experience. It is important that materials used to prevent bullying address each of these roles in an engaging but safe way.
It is also important that bully prevention materials address 4 important components, Empathy skills, Recognizing Bullying Behavior, Reporting Bullying Behavior, and Refusing Bullying Behavior. It is important to understand what each one is when selecting or delivering lessons.
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is an great way to teach empathy and bully prevention with Kindergarten to 2nd grade students. The Spookley book and movie are great ways to begin to have these conversations with younger students.
This 5 lesson bully prevention unit was developed to help teachers explain several of the bully prevention components such as empathy training, recognizing bullying, reporting bullying, and refusing bullying. This unit is the perfect way to explore these topics in a fun and age appropriate way. The lessons build on each other but can also be used singularly or with different grade levels.
Each lesson contains student objectives, key vocabulary, fully scripted content with discussion questions and checks for understanding, and hands-on activities or printables. It makes teaching the lesson easy and with no prep. Perfect for classroom teachers, special educators, counselors, social workers, or psychologists.
Pacer’s National Bully Prevention Center
Free registry includes access to: Discussion Guidelines and Learning Activities, Multi-Subject Learning Examples, Spookley Classroom Play, Video Reading of the Story, and Streaming of the Spookley movie.
Behavior Savers YouTube Playlist
Collection of videos on YouTube to use with the Spookley Bully Prevention Unit.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Understanding bullying. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/bullying_factsheet.pdf
2 Olweus, D. (1993). Bullying at school. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.