The Tuesday 12: 12 Fantastic Books to Discuss Bullying with your Students

With Bully Awareness Week on hand, todays Tuesday 12 is a list of books that can be used in the classroom to open discussions and develop conversations as a community. Through discussions students can develop an understanding of what bullying is and what it looks like.  Through their discussions, students will develop an understanding for methods of preventions.  Remember, students can be great agents of change.

1) Don’t Laugh at Giraffe, Rebecca Bender


A lovely story from the perspective of a giraffe and a bird who like to rile each other up.  But one day it goes a little too far and bird needs to rectify the situation.  


2) Have you filled a Bucket Today, Carol Macloud


This lovely book focusses on the effects of our actions and words on others.  Through positive behaviours, daily acts of kindness students understand how they can be agents of change.


3) How full is your bucket today? For Kids, Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

This story geared towards a younger audience helps children understand that acts of kindness are for the good of others and for themselves too.  The metaphor of a bucket is a great way for young people to visualize the meaning.


4) Confessions of a Former Bully, Trudy Ludwig   

A great story written in a very matter of fact way!  The perspective of a former bully is a different view that most students have never experienced.  With this perspective, students can identify and relate to relationships that are hurtful and how to change that behaviour.


5) The Bully Blockers Club, Teresa Bateman

How about eliciting the help of your students?  Here is a great book to discuss how students can help rid bullying in the school yard!  Students are our greatest asset and challenging them to be the leaders will help the whole school.


6) Say Something, Peggy Moss

Another great book that takes a different perspective!  Not the bully, not the victim but the bystander.  This story helps students understand that just watching also helps the bullying.  There are some suggested activities at the back of the book in order to help your classroom discussions.


7) Each Kindness, Jacqueline Woodson

A great young child book where learning about making others feel welcome is the central message.  The development of the story is based on the belief that each kindness makes the world a little better.



8)Teammates, Peter Golenbock


A fantastic story about Jackie Robinson becoming the first coloured man to play baseball and the strength of friendship superseding fear and ridicule.


9)The Bully Goat Grim, A Maynard Moose Tale, Willy Claflin

The story of a Bully Goat and a Baby Troll.  It is a high flying story with lots of characters and a funny story.  At the heart of the story is the essence of being strong willed and loving yourself enough to stand up for yourself.


10) Way to Be!  How to be Brave, Responsible, Honest and an                   All Around Great Kid, Mary Small

A wonderful book showing how one’s character counts.  There are many examples on choosing right from wrong with a text that is easy to understand.



11) Colours of Me,  Brynne Barnes

A child’s interest in the colors of the world around her, help her develop an understanding that it is great to be anyone of them.  An inspiring perspective in acceptance of differences.



12) Don’t Laugh at Me, Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin


A sweet book for young children helping them understand diversity is acceptable.    Furthermore, it builds on language skills for students to use in order to stop teasing.


We hope you find our list useful in your classroom.

Bullying: Reporting vs. Telling

With all eyes and ears on bullying and anti bullying initiatives, we are also facing the same challenges in keeping our ears to the ground so to speak.  We cannot be in every place for every situation but yet we need to address them.  What we need to understand is that every time someone is being bullied there is always someone else that is present.  We do not want to imply that they are culpable, but when they just stand around and observe or watch, they help perpetuate the bullying behavior.  One of our greatest assets in diminishing and preventing bullying is the help of other students.  But, what I have found is that other students do not understand they have the power to be or to make that difference.  They believe they cannot make a difference and sometimes do not possess the strategies necessary to make that difference.  We have to help them identify these strategies and understand that the safety of others is of essence and they are responsible for their own and others well being.  One key factor is having students understand the difference between telling and reporting.

Telling: When a student is telling a person of authority about an action or situation, in order to get the other student(s) in trouble when there is no safety concern for self or for others.

Reporting: When a student tells a person of authority about an action or situation in order to prevent the emotional and/or physical safety of others.

Students need practice through demonstrations to be able to understand the difference.  They need to be able to identify situations and how to address them.  That is, if they speak to a person of authority about that situation, would it be telling or reporting?

Below you will find a link to a presentation (5 slides) that can be used as a short handout, or worked through as a group.   Don’t get fooled though, a lot of discussion will be generated!

To begin students will be able to identify who the trusted adults in their surroundings are and who will be able to help.  The presentation stresses personal safety and the safety of others as paramount.  After identifying the adults who could help, students will brainstorm the difference between telling and reporting.  Lastly, 3 different scenarios are provided for group discussion.  At the end of the presentation, it is time to proceed to different teaching strategies.

Some strategies to help students further understand that they cannot just stand by and watch unsafe situations happen are as follows:

1)   Have students role – play different scenarios (student developed) as a great way to recognize their actions and how to act appropriately.

2)   Another way is to build understanding through visuals. Students can create posters for a variety of audiences.

3)   Get technology involved! Students can create digital presentations (Powerpoint or Prezi are fantastic tools)

4)   Students can get even more creative by developing songs, videos, news/podcasts, or commercial.

Reporting vs Telling Presentation

We hope that starting off with small steps will begin to make a difference in your schools.

Remembrance Day ~ A way to remember

Our previous post this week was about Remarkable Remembrance Day Resources (Tuesday 12) and they truly are extensive!  In this post, you will find petitions that can be read over the PA system, or at your school activities to honour the lives lost by our brave soldiers, or simply use them for a time of reflection within your classroom or ways to reflect in personal journals.   We hope that by having this piece students and staff alike will reflect and come away with a further understanding of this exceptionally important day.  Lest we forget! Remembrance Day Link



B.E.A.T.I.T.U.D.E.S – A Complete Poster Set

As teachers, it is essential that we try to be the best models for our students. In following each of the Beatitudes, we can further ensure that we are doing just that on a daily basis. We have put together a complete set of posters (set of 8), each poster outlining one of the Beatitudes. It would be a great idea to set these up in your religion corner and to have them up throughout the year to help guide your students to follow these teachings.

There are also many fun and interesting activities that you can engage in with your students to help them fully understand each of the Beatitudes and how they can live by them on a daily basis.

Here are a few activities you may want to consider doing with your class:

First, create groups in a fun and different way before beginning the activity. This will also tell you whether your students are familiar with the Beatitudes.

1. Take each of the beatitudes and break it down into 2 or 3 different parts (Ex. (1) Blessed are the meek (2) for they shall (3) possess the earth).

2. Shuffle them to mix them up and give one part to each student (depending on how many students you have, you may have to break down each of the Beatitudes into less or more parts)

3. Explain to students that they will have a few minutes to find the missing parts to their part to complete one of the Beatitudes (of course, this requires a short mini-lesson beforehand on the Beatitudes so that students are familiar with them – this is an extension activity to build knowledge and understanding)

4. Once they have completed the sentence to create one of the Beatitudes, explain to them that this is now their group in which they will work together with to complete one of the following activities.


1. Each of the parts can be printed and then cut into puzzle pieces so that once they have found each part and pieced it together to complete one of the Beatitudes, they can then illustrate the meaning of it, decorate and color it and display it.

2. Explain the meaning of the given Beatitude, giving a detailed description. Include a day to day example to further explain.

3. Think of a modern day example and with your group, think of a fun and interesting way to act it out.

4. Create a poem outlining the main ideas of the Beatitude.

5. Design a poster, including pictures and words.

6. Create a newspaper advertisement.

7. Create a job posting (Ex. Think of a position where someone would need to possess the skills or attitude or personality of your specific Beatitude)

8. Think of a song and come up with a set of lyrics illustrating the importance of the Beatitude.

9. Create a comic strip displaying an example of the Beatitude.

10. Think of a story or movie where someone displayed an example of this specific Beatitude. Share this part and explain.

…there is so much more you can do, but to begin, teach your students the importance of the Beatitudes and how they can live by each of them. Check out our complete poster set. Click on the picture and follow the link!


Virtue of the Month Subway Art: Grade 9- Grade 12

Earlier in the week, we posted our Virtue of the Month Subway Art package for the Elementary level (JK-8). We just added Virtue of the Month Subway Art for the Secondary level (9-12). We also recommend using this particular package for the Grade 7 and 8’s.

Our ideas are the same but the wording is different since after all, we must always keep in mind the level of our students, their learning potential, age, grade, among so many more!

Check it out now! Click the image above!

Virtue of the Month: Subway Art (JK-Grade 8)

Check out our Virtue of the month Subway Art package now available on ‘’. Just click on the image above!