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Lesson Plans
Character Building: Bullying
3rd–5th Grade
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will listen and respond to literature read aloud by the teacher.
  • Students will share interpretations of lessons in a story and learn to apply these lessons to their own lives.
Materials Materials Needed
  • A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  • Chalkboard, sentence strips or interactive whiteboard
  • Notebook paper or Reader’s Response Notebook
Introduction Introduction

Ask students if they have a favorite food that might surprise others, like broccoli, spinach or beets! Invite volunteers to tell the class what this surprising food is. Tell students that you are going to read a story in which the main character has an odd choice for a favorite food. Ask students to pay special attention to what happens to this character, how her classmates react to her, and what she does to solve her problem. Read aloud A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.

Procedure Procedure

  1. After reading the story, lead students in a brief discussion about what happened.
  2. Chart the following questions on sentence strips or on a classroom chalkboard or whiteboard, inviting students to consider responses.
    • What was Camilla’s favorite food? Why do you think Camilla was afraid of people finding out that she liked it?
    • What could Camilla have done differently to deal with the students who were making fun of her?
    • What do you think Camilla’s principal could have done to help the other students accept Camilla?
    • How could the other students have reacted to help Camilla feel less embarrassed?
    • Do you think the other students in the story were engaging in bullying behavior? Why or why not?
  3. Invite students to choose two or three of the discussion questions and write responses on notebook paper or in our Reader’s Response Journal.
  4. Challenge students to elaborate on their responses by giving examples of something similar that they’ve seen or experienced in their own lives. Encourage students to write about how this experience made them feel.

Guided Practice Guided Practice

  1. Divide the class into small discussion groups of three to four students.
  2. Invite students to share their responses with one another, taking time to listen and relate to each other’s experiences.
  3. Pose a few questions for the groups to consider and discuss in response to the story. For example, ask, “What message is the author trying convey to the reader?” or “What do you think the lesson of this story is, and how does it apply to our class?”
  4. Encourage each group to share their conclusions, working to reinforce the idea that bullying should not be tolerated or accepted in your classroom.
  5. Invite students to think of ways to stop classroom bullying. Use students’ ideas to create a bullying-free zone poster for classroom display.

the 3rd–5th Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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