Buddies and Bullies - Neither buddies or bullies come with instruction manuals (Library Sparks Vol. 11, No. 2 )
Buddies and Bullies Resources
1. And to Think that We thought that We'd never be Friends, My Mary Hoberman. Dragonfly, 2003 K-3. From a sibling battle to a worldwide parade, this riotous rhyming picture book show sharing and inclusiveness can overcome obstacles and make friends of strangers.
2. Billy Bully: A School-yard Counting Tale, by Alvaro and Ana Galan. Cartwheel Books, 2009 PK-2 Count along as a schoolyard bully loses friends through bullying behavior, then regains them as he realizes his errors and mend his ways.
3. Blue Cheese Breath and Stinky Feet: How to Deal with Bullies, by Catherine DePino. Magination Press, 2004. 3-6 In this transitional chapter book, Steve is targeted by a school bully. With his parents, Steve develops strategies that neutralize the bully and build his confidence. A good too for empowering kids to stand up to bullies around them.
Read-aloud Stories... Enjoy these titles aloud:
The Recess Queen; Katie Woo; No More Teasing, and to think that we Thought That We'd never Be Friends; and Mr. Lincoln's Way
Hot Topic Questions:
What Are Words For? Read Words Are Not for Hurting with young students and explore the power of works to hurt and heal:
* What kinds of words can hurt? (name calling, gossip, betrayed confidences, put-downs. "The silent treatment" can also wound.)
* What kinds of words can heal? (Praise, reassurance, truth telling, keeping confidences, apologies, invitations.)
* How can nicknames hurt? How can they heal?
* What goals can we set to use words in a healing way?