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Free activities and downloads for No Name-Calling Week, January 2125, 2013


Free downloadBullying Word Find
from Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning, PreK–K

Free downloadDiscussion: Sticks and Stones 
from Words Are Not for Hurting

  • There’s an old saying that children may be familiar with: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Ask them what they think this saying means, and whether they believe it’s true. Can words hurt—why or why not? What are some examples of hurtful words (name-calling, teasing, etc.). Talk about how it feels to be teased, or yelled at, or called a rude name. To take this further, talk about how it feels to tease others—does this lead to positive feelings? Why not?

Elementary School

Free downloadMyth Busters: Busting 5 Myths About Bullying
from Bystander Power

Free downloadDiscussion questions
from Good-Bye Bully Machine Card Game

  • Imagine a friend of yours was mean to someone and now feels bad about it. What can you say to your friend?
  • Name one thing you can do about bullying instead of fighting or trying to get even.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. said “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” What do you think this means?
  • Name two ways you could be an ally, or helper, to someone younger than you.
  • If you see bullying and don’t do anything to stop it, how do you think the person being bullied feels?
  • Think about the saying “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” What does this saying mean? Why should we walk in other people’s shoes?

Free downloadA Leader’s Guide to the Weird series

Free downloadLeader’s Guide to Good-Bye Bully Machine

Free downloadLesson plan: Dealing with Exclusion and Rejection
from No Kidding About Bullying

Free downloadWorksheet: Frustration Triangle
from Zach Gets Frustrated

  • Instead of getting mad and calling others names, how can you use these three steps to calm down?


Middle School

Free downloadQuiz: Respect Yourself and Others
from Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning, 6–8

Free downloadFacts About Bullying
from The New Bully Free Classroom®

Free downloadDiscussion questions
from Bully Free® Card Game 

Why is it a good idea to . . .

  • Distract someone who is bullying with a joke or funny story.
  • If someone talks to you about being bullied, listen and offer to help.
  • Speak out when you see bullying. Say, “Stop bullying right now.”
  • Invite the person being bullied to sit with you at lunch.
  • When it is safe, find a way you can be nice to someone who bullies others.

High School

Free downloadLesson plan and discussion questions on bullying
from Talk with Teens About What Matters to Them

Additional resources:

No Name-Calling Week:

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: