Lesson Plans To Prevent Bias-Based Bullying in School

Most bullying in school comes from bias, prejudice, and stereotypes whether it is based on gender, race or religion. Help your students discuss the kinds of bullying that they really see and hear, prevent bullying and welcome all students in your classroom and school.

Preventing bullying is about a lot more than just being nice.

  • It is about understanding why words or actions hurt.
  • It is about understanding why people may be different and more importantly how people are similar.
  • It is about understanding what your options are to stop bullying when you see it.

All HRC Welcoming Schools lessons are aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Words That Hurt And Words That Heal

Using the book, One, talk with students about bullying and standing up for each other. (Other books can be used with this lesson as well.) This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders. [K – 4]

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Making Decisions: Ally or Bystander

Help your students think through what they can do if they see bullying and how they can respond to LGBTQ, racial or religous slurs. This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders. [4 – 8]

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A Welcoming Classroom

What makes you feel welcome or unwelcome? With the book The New Girl… And Me, discuss what your class can do to help others feel welcome. [K - 2]

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Name-Calling and Feeling Safe in School

Talk directly with your students about where they feel safe in your school, where they don’t and why. This lesson is featured in the HRC Welcoming Schools film, What Can You Do? Bias, Bullying, & Bystanders[1 – 4]

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Words Can Hurt

Through the simple story of Matthew and Tilly discuss how teasing hurts and alternative ways to solve problems. [K - 2]

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I Was Just Kidding!

Was it teasing? Was it bullying? When does it cross the line? Discuss LGBTQ-inclusive scenarios and reflect on children's experiences. [3 - 6]

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Think Before You Act

Stop. Think. Act. This lesson looks at alternatives to bullying behavior and can help you develop a “Code of Ethics” for your classroom. [3 - 6]

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