Everyone Wants Friends

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Students examine face-to-face bullying behaviors and identify why these behaviors create problems. They role-play to find ways to resolve the problem and create a poster of “No Bullying” rules.


  • Analyze face-to-face behaviors that could be considered bullying.
  • Generate multiple solutions for dealing with a face-to-face bullying situation.
  • Devise and communicate a set of “No Bullying” rules for the classroom or school.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students © 2007

Source: International Society for Technology in Education
  1. Communication and Collaboration
    1. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

Prepares students for:
  1. Digital Citizenship
    1. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
    2. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

Home Connection

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  • Activity Sheets (3)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or clips
  • Markers or crayons


Elicit students' prior knowledge about what a bully is. Ask: What does a bully do? List the students' responses on chart paper or the board.

Teach 1: What's the Problem?

  • Distribute Activity Sheets 1 and 2 to students. Have students read the scenario about Mari, James, and the other children on the playground.
  • Have students write their answers to the three questions under What's the Problem? It's important that students take ownership of the problem; otherwise they will not see the point of finding a way to change bullying behaviors. Look for responses that show recognition that conspiring to socially isolate one child is a problem, that James may have felt sad, that Steven was also causing James to feel bad, and that Ava could have thought isolating James was a good idea or a bad one.

Teach 2: Think About It

  • Have students read the Think About It section on Activity Sheet 2.
  • Invite students to share their own stories. Ask: Did you ever see a child try to make another child feel bad or sad or angry? Tell what happened, but do not use real names.
  • Have students suggest additions, in their own words, to the chart of bullying behaviors you started at the beginning of the lesson.

Teach 3: Find Solutions

  • Divide the students into several small groups and distribute the scissors and tape or clips.
  • Have each group follow the directions and guiding questions on the activity sheet and use role playing to try out different solutions to the bullying problem, including switching name tags as they take turns at each role.
  • Allow each group to perform their best role-play solution to the bullying scenario for the rest of the class and explain why they chose it.

Teach 4: Take Action

  • Distribute Activity Sheet 3 to students and have them follow the directions. Suggest that they make a list of rules and illustrate them, or make one rule or slogan and design and draw a logo for it.

Use Web 2.0 tools to create a class blog to which you can upload scans of your students' completed “No Bullying” posters. Invite parents to view the posters online.


  • Ask: What are some bullying behaviors? (taking away your friends, using bad words, messing up your stuff, scaring you)
  • Ask: What are some rules to share with others about bullying? (Students' rules will vary depending on the discussion but should include telling a trusted adult.)


  • Students will benefit by revisiting this lesson each year.
  • For students who completed this lesson in a previous grade, ask: What could you do if you saw someone alone on the playground? Have children brainstorm ways to make a new friend. Allow them to act out their ideas for the rest of the class.

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