How to Use the Lesson Plans
These lesson plans are intended to be used in schools as part of a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention.
Experience has shown that the most effective and consistent use of these lessons occurs in schools where the in-class
lessons were introduced 6-12 months after the launch of a comprehensive bullying prevention initiative. At this point, staff
stated they felt like the lessons were part of a larger vision, and not just another 'download' to teachers.
Consistency and sustainability have been the main goals of the Peel Health Bullying Prevention Initiative and, therefore,
of the classroom sessions. The lessons are meant to be used as an entire school. The goal is to have every teacher
address the issue of bullying by using the lesson plans with their class. Relying on support staff to teach all the lessons
simply results in a lack of consistency and undermines sustainability.
Ten Lesson Plans:
There are 10 lesson plans - one for each month of the school year. The order of the lesson plans was based on logical
progression, teacher experience and evaluation. Because the activity of one month is often based on knowledge or
resources from a previous month, it is recommended to follow the lessons in order. The lessons are identified by month,
so schools starting to use the lessons in September simply use the corresponding months. Schools starting at another
time of year are encouraged to begin with September as month one, and continue through the lessons until year end.
School Wide Focus:
Consistency is achieved by having all students in the school learning the same lesson about bullying prevention at the
same time. Each month every student in the school, from kindergarten to grade eight, will be hearing the same message
about bullying. If schools decide to change the order of the lessons, or pick just a few to complete during the year, the
entire school should follow through. Consistency is lost when a teacher chooses to change the order for their class.
Set Up of the Lesson Plans:
A general overview has been provided of all lesson plans including key messages, developmental assets and ties to
character education and virtues education. Basic background information has been provided for each month - this page
is the same for teachers of all grades. Teachers identified general curriculum links to enable you to use the plans to
achieve curriculum expectations. The actual lesson plans are one page and grade specific. They include a list of
materials needed, procedural steps and extension activities. Any resources or handouts referred to in the procedural
steps are provided as appendices, identified as grade specific resources.
A key message is identified for each month. This is the focus of the education and skill building in the class lessons. The
lessons can be augmented in a comprehensive approach by using the key message for school wide activities. Caledon
schools use the monthly key message on bulletin boards, announcements, parent communications and in monthly
assemblies. School-wide awareness raising activities often highlight a particular month's key message (i.e.: in April a
school wide poster contest will focus on the topic of bystanders).
Keep In Mind:
Your class includes students who play various roles in bullying. The classroom environment should be one where all
students feel it is safe to participate. The focus is on everyone working together to help make the school a safe place.
Activities that involve working with partners or groups are opportunities for teachers to prevent bullying. Do not let
students pick their own groups. Assigning groups ensures that no students are being excluded or picked last.
These lesson plans are available for use by all educators. Material from the CD can be printed and shared freely, in its
current form. Each activity or section of content that you 'borrow' to use for other purposes should be accompanied with
the acknowledgement "from Working Together to Prevent Bullying: Peel Public Health Bullying Prevention Initiative
Lesson Plans, 2007". Please contact the primary sources for using any excerpts we have specifically acknowledged.