Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins
Grade Level: 4
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will learn about living as an upstander and explore what they would say to someone who is bullying someone else.
Know Before You Start: Knowing what an upstander vs. bystander is and practicing upstander dialogue would be helpful.
Have students pretend they have a time machine. Ask them if they had the ability to go back to a time they witnessed someone teasing someone else or even themselves being teased, if they could say anything to them, what would they say?
Explain how sometimes when we are in a stressful moment we don’t know what to do or say to support ourselves or peers. Then as a group, practice some things we could say to be an upstander against bullying.
Activity: Read and discuss the sample comic. What would you do if you saw someone picking on someone?
Brainstorm ideas on how to be an “upstander” when situations like the one in the comic arise. Discuss “upstander” language.
Using the comic as a guide, have students create a two-panel “Upstander” comic.
Panel 1: show your avatar expressing the actions you would take to be an upstander against bullying in school.
Panel 2: Show your avatar confronting a situation and using appropriate upstander language.
Display student comics in the classroom to remind them of their responsibilities as an upstander.
You may also want to keep a scrapbook of all these comics in the classroom for students to read during free time.
Pre Teach the concept of upstander vs. bystander.
Select specific scenarios for students as needed.
Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.
- Suggested Reading:
- Dare! A Story About Standing Up to Bullying in Schools by Erin Frankel.