Bullying in schools is a serious problem today—one that can have severe and long-lasting effects on targets. Based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 students and their teachers, No Kidding About Bullying gives educators and youth leaders a diverse range of activities they can use to help kids in grades 3–6 build empathy, manage anger, work out conflicts, and stop bullying by peers. Featuring 125 mini-lessons that may be completed in 20 minutes or less, the book is a flexible resource that can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or a complement to bullying prevention and character education programs already in place.
Student activities—including games, role plays, group discussions, art projects, and language arts exercises—affirm the importance of respect, listening, and kind actions vs. bullying in schools. Kids learn skills they can use to calm down and conflict resolution techniques for situations when strong emotions threaten to disrupt the peace. With a focus on preventing teasing, name-calling, fighting, exclusion, and other hurtful actions, No Kidding About Bullying also features activities to stop bullying when mistreatment is occurring.
Digital content includes all of the reproducible handouts from the book.
Praise for No Kidding About Bullying:
“This is an extraordinary resource. It should be in every single elementary and middle school classroom.”—Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., director of Rutgers University Social-Emotional Learning Lab and author of The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement
“Thank you so much for practical, ‘heartful,’ thoughtful, doable activities. I have been looking for resources like this for quite a while.” —Laurie Bayly, elementary teacher, Victoria, British Columbia
“If you are going to spend money—do it on this one. You will not be disappointed . . . you’ll be empowered.” —Roxanne Davidson, school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog