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Monday Morning Ready10.11.2019
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In 2013, a then-13-year-old from suburban Chicago named Trisha Prabhu came home from school and read a news story about an 11-year-old girl who had committed suicide by jumping off her town's water tower. In the months before her death, the girl had been repeatedly cyberbullied.... < read more >
Grade 3-4

Think about a time you said something hurtful to someone else. How did you make things right with that person later on?

Grade 5-6

Think about a time when you saw someone being bullied. Did you step in and stick up for the person? Why or why not?

Grade 7-8

Do you think there's a difference between saying something mean and bullying someone? Do you think words are more hurtful when they're written or spoken out loud? Explain your answers.

Grade 9-10

Are you surprised that it was a teenager who came up with a cyber-solution for cyberbullying? Why or why not? How do you think her product might be different-or even more effective-if it had been invented by an adult?

Design a Program or App to Prevent Bullying


  1. As a class, define the word bully. Then have students think about a time they've been bullied, seen someone else being bullied or heard about instances when someone was bullied online. Rather than having students describe the incidents, ask them if they wish they'd handled the situation differently.
  2. Point out that bullying is hard on everyone involved. Those being bullied may not know how to stick up for themselves. Those bullying may not know how to stop. And those who see it happen may be torn between stepping in and stepping away.
  3. Tell students that the best way to deal with a stressful situation like this is to have a plan. Better yet, stop the bullying before it even starts. Encourage students to discuss how the ReThink software, which they read about in the article, helps do just that.
  4. Have students brainstorm ideas about how to prevent bullying in your school. Encourage them to think about this problem from all perspectives-the bully, the bullied and those who observe these acts taking place. Then have students create an anti-bullying program or design an app that will help prevent bullying in your school. If you wish, invite the school counselor to join the class as you complete this activity.


Invite students to present their programs or apps to the class. Encourage classmates to identify features or components that they think will be most effective at preventing bullying.


Grades 3-4:
Discuss what bullying is and brainstorm ideas for an anti-bullying program as a class. Come up with a solid plan that everyone agrees to follow. Provide art supplies and construction paper. Encourage students to write messages to inform others about the anti-bullying plan. Post the messages throughout the school.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Encourage each group to make a list of things they think should be included in an anti-bullying program. Inform students that bullying is a learned behavior, so they should include items that will help younger students understand what they should do, too. Rejoin as a class and have groups share their ideas. Combine ideas to create one master plan. Have students present their program to students in younger grades.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct groups to brainstorm ways to deal with different types of bullying they've seen, including bullying that takes place online. Give groups time to write guidelines for an anti-bullying program. Rejoin as a class and have groups share their ideas. Combine ideas to create one master plan. Have students post the final guidelines on social media sites.
Grades 9-10:
Discuss bullying as a class. Then divide the class into small groups, making sure to include several students who know how to create apps in each group. Give groups time to brainstorm ideas and create an anti-bullying app that will help students in your school.
Bullying Really Does Mess You Up Later in Life
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about a study that linked bullying during childhood to higher instances of psychological disorders.

Bullying and Prevention
This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection was created to use in an after-school club when discussing bullying and prevention.

Bully or Bystander? It Could Be in the Genes
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn about a study that says bullying may be nature, not nurture.

This Teacher Outsmarted Hitler and His Nazi Regime
In Nazi Germany, when bullying, discrimination and violence became everyday realities for Jewish children, Leonore Goldschmidt defies the system and opens her own private school for Jewish youth. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to see how she did it.

Yes, Thank You!
In this lesson from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, students will design a sign intended to foster positive human relations. Through this activity, they will see that social interactions between people function more smoothly when respect and manners are used.

“What’s in a Name?”: Designing Personal Identity
In this eight-lesson unit from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, high school students are challenged to explore the link between who they are (personal identity) and how they’re known (their name). Then they will investigate, examine and analyze fonts through lessons that explore type and its characteristics. Based on what they learned, students will design their name in a way that reflects their personality.

Bullies are Now Using Their Victims’ Allergies Against Them
Nearly one in three kids with food allergies has been bullied because of it, often with the food they’re allergic to. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn more.