Currently & Anti-Bullying Activities


I am joining up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her March Currently.




Yes, I have "Inner Ninja" stuck in my head and wish they didn't use the lyrics "liquor store" and "half- a**ed" so I could use it in my class. My daughters said I could change it to licorice store but we had nothing for half - ?, but I just love the song, the vibe, the feeling it gives me. It really makes me think I need to find my inner ninja. If you are not singing this song in your head all day long - click on the link and hit play until it is stuck in your head too!



Today we celebrated the anti-bullying intiative "Pink TShirt" Day. National Pink TShirt Day was Wednesday - but we had a snow day so we had our day today. Here are some highlights of our day.


We wore our pink tshirts! This is a picture of my daughters wearing one of the shirts - they do not even go to our school but wanted a shirt too!



When we gathered in the gym we revisited our November Anti-Bullying Week Initiatives. Our focus was "Stand Up" and "Think". We watched this video and used these posters (from technology rocks, seriously) as a teaching focus in November.






We took pictures of all of the staff & students holding a sign that said "I Stand Up For..." or "I Stand Up Against..." and we made a slide show using the Sugarland song. Below is a pic of  two samples - trust me they look better in the actual slide show! The signs had all different messages and they could get their pic done solo or in groups. So today we watched the slide show again - to remind them what they stood up for and what they stood against.




We then watched a powerpoint I made last year explaining the importance of Pink Tshirt Day.

Then we shifted our focus to Standing Up for ourselves. We based our message on this poster from Joanne at Head over Heals for Teaching (she generously shared her poster with me!). I printed the posters at Staples Business Depot and my daughters and I added stick on gems from the dollar store to the word sparkle - they turned out fantastic!


We listened to the story "Chyrsanthemum" by Kevin Henkes - a great book that fits perfectly with our theme (she had sparkle, she let others dim her sparkle, someone helped her get her sparkle back!). Our school loves when our Grade 1 teacher reads a book in front of the whole school. They scoot forward and listen attentively - like they are back in Grade 1 with her - it is awesome to see. If you use this book Lyndsey has some great activities at her blog A Year of Many Firsts. I found some more great resources at Creekside Teacher Tales from Tracey from her anti-bullying lessons.

We talked about how each one of the students had sparkle or a light within them and they needed to make sure that they didn't let anyone dim it and they didn't dim anyone elses. Then we listened to Fix You by Coldplay - focusing on who was the light that would guide them - while it was playing we handed out glow in the dark bracelets to all the students and turned the lights out - it was like a concert (this is not the version we used but I put it here just in case you need a Coldplay fix).



Then the students sang "Children of the Light" with their bracelets on, we took a school picture and they returned to class for follow up activities.

All the students in the school made their name - using sparkle materials to display in the school along with the poster - a reminder to stand up for themselves and to not put others down.




I would love to hear what other schools do as anti-bullying activities - if you have any ideas please share them with me!


18 comments

  1. That sounds like an amazing Anti-bullying campaign at your school!! :) Thanks for getting Inner Ninja stuck in my head. It'll be my soundtrack for the day. :)
    ~Jen
    Hello Mrs Sykes

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    1. Sorry for getting it stuck in your head - but at least I'm not alone now!

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  2. Looks like we are right next to each other on Farley's Currently linky! Thank you for sharing those great anti-bullying ideas. I was actually just at a PTO meeting where we were brainstorming ideas for what to do next year. I will need to share some of these.

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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    1. I'd love to hear about the ideas you guys came up with - it is hard coming up with new ideas each year.

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  3. The names turned out great. We may have to do that...
    Alyce

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  4. I am definitely going to have to check out that song. My sister-in-law would love the name just by itself! Thanks for sharing all those anti-bullying ideas. I love your girls' shirts! My name also starts with an A and I don't know why I didn't think about apple pie! Now, would McDonald's apple pies count as apple pie??? I have had it two days in a row!

    Angela

    The Bilingual Teacher

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    1. That for sure counts as apple pie! Now you have my thinking about a quick trip to the drive thu.

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  5. OMGoodness I LOVE pink T-Shirt Day! We've been doing some explicit anti-bullying teaching school-wide since January, and these ideas would really spice things up! Thanks!!! Have you ever read Juice Box Bully? It's a good one! And the author has written several other character ed books as well.

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm your newest follower!
    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

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    1. I have not read that one yet - will check it out, thanks!

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  6. Someone else said ants for hate too! I had a bad invasion last summer in my house and I'm PRAYING it doesn't happen again!!!!
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey


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  7. I am your newest follower. Your blog looks great!

    http://abasketfullofapples.blogspot.com/

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  8. OMG there is so much I love about this post!! I'm skipping your currently and going to the bullying! Amazing! I am totally sharing this with our counselor because we do nothing of this sort for bullying. I know that she talks about it, but it would be amazing to get all of the classes involved.

    I am so in love with that sparkle bulletin board! I love it!! I'm pinning this NOW!

    You're the best!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  9. I LOVE your post! We could do so much more at my school regarding bullying. The links to the videos are great. Students would love that! Thank you so much for sharing:) Check out my flash freebie post today if you get a chance!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  10. My kids put together some scenes of what a bully situation looks like and then did them again but with a friendship situation. It was really good!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIX_K_Uak7Q&feature=youtu.be

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

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    1. We used "You've Got a Friend in Me" too, at our assembly last year! Love your video, thanks so much for sharing. I can't believe the work you must have put into creating that.

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  11. Thanks for the shout out! Your bulletin board looks great! I can't believe what a wonderful production your school puts on-amazing! I plan to pass your ideas on to our guidance counselor. Thanks for sharing!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. My principal asked where we got the ideas - and I told her they all came from your poster! Thanks again.

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  12. Wow! I am awed by everything you did at your school! Truly inspiring. The t-shirts are great! I will keep some of your ideas in mind for next year at our school. I am hosting a Blog by Province Linky Party for Canadian bloggers. Please consider linking up http://teachingisagift.blogspot.ca/2013/03/blog-by-province.html. While you are there you can grab your province button and link back to the party! Hope you will come and join in!

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