ALEX Lesson Plan



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Author:Beth Glasgow
System: Shelby County
School: Shelby County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 17161




Students sometimes find themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable and uncertain in relating to difficult peers. This lesson is designed to equip students with information they need not only to identify bullies, but to develop strategies to combat them.
 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
CE (K-12)
1. Courage
CE (K-12)
5. Fairness
CE (K-12)
6. Respect for others
CE (K-12)
7. Kindness
CE (K-12)
10. Self-control
TC2 (3-5)
5. Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.
Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites
TC2 (3-5)
6. Describe social and ethical behaviors related to technology use.
Examples: social—developing positive attitudes for using technology collaboratively
ethical—citing sources of text and digital content, avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
  • Describing the global nature of the Internet
  • Following local acceptable-use policies regarding technology
  • Identifying intrusive applications, including worms, viruses, spyware, and pop-up advertisements
  • TC2 (3-5)
    8. Collect information from a variety of digital sources.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries
  • Using technology tools to organize information
  • Demonstrating efficient Internet search strategies
  • Example: keyword search
  • Evaluating electronic resources for reliability based on publication date, bias, accuracy, and source credibility
  • Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will be able to identify a bully.
    Students will formulate strategies to use when placed in a bullying situation.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    31 to 60 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:


    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computer with Internet access
    AlaphaSmarts with AlphaManager (optional)


    The teacher will need to bookmark the Internet sites to be used and load the survey quesions on the AlphaSmarts.

    1.)Show the picture found on the attached slide called School Girls . Guide students in a brainstorming session listing possible names for this type of person. Reach a consensus as to the definition of the word "bully."

    2.)Students will complete the "Bullying Survey" found at the following site.
    (The teacher can have the questions preloaded on Alphasmarts using AlphaManager.)
    (Bullying Survey)
    Students answer the survey questions about bullying.

    3.)Watch one or both of the following short videos about the problem of bullying:
    PBS Kids Web site, Its My Life titled "Bullies" (free) or
    Discovery Health Connection (license only) Violence Don't Stand By.
    (Discovery Health Connection)
    Use the Advanced Search feature and select Videos to find the video, Violence Don't Stand By

    4.)After watching at least one of the videos, lead students in a discussion to determine that bullying acts include: teasing, name calling, threatening, taking property from someone, hurting someone physically or emotionally.

    5.)Use the questions from the website and discuss which of these people are bullies (scroll down to questions #5 and use the descriptions).
    Discussion questions to help students recognize bullying.

    6.)Create small groups (2-3 students) and bookmark the following websites for students to work together to complete in a classroom center. (Or, use the computer lab for the entire class to work through these interactive activities.)
    1) It's My Life: Beat the Bully
    2) It's My Life: Story Strips

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    Assessment Strategies

    Students can use the concept map located at 4 Key Concepts to write in two types of bullies and two ways to react to bullies.


    Students who need to elaborate more on the subject may enjoy completing the "I Message" handout at PBS Kids or respond to the role playing cards found at Worksheet Role Playing Cards.


    Students having real problems with bullying would benefit from working through, individually or with the counselor/teacher, the following activity:
    Out on a Limb: A Guide to Getting Along. (Earphones required in a classroom setting.)

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.