No Name-Calling Week Elementary School (K-5) Lessons
Are you looking for lesson plans to use in your K-5 classroom? In 2007, GLSEN collaborated with The National Association of Elementary School Principals to develop a series of lesson plans on name-calling, bullying and bias. Since that time, our collection of lessons has continued to grow. You'll find the current collection here on this page with descriptions below and downloads on the left. Make these lessons part of a comprehensive program to bring change to your school and don't forget to register your school/class!
Beauty is Skin Deep - Students explore their experiences or with name-calling based on physical appearance
Blow the Whistle on Name-Calling - Students develop a strategy for group self-monitoring of name-calling in the Physical Education class
Building a Bully-Free Building - Students imagine a school without name-calling and bullying
Garden of Kindness – Students create a classroom or school-wide display to demonstrate their commitment to kindness
I Was Just Kidding - Student distinguish between good-natured teasing and bullying through discussion of fictional scenarios.
It’s All in a Name – Students explore what names are, why they are important to us, and what the difference between names that feel good to hear and names that feel bad to hear
Pinky and Rex and the Bully - Students read and discuss James Howe's classic book.
Poetic Reactions - Students express their feelings regarding name‐calling using an artistic form of poetry
Poster Design - Students work together to develop visual expressions of no name‐calling messages
Situation Re-Creation - Students analyze name‐calling experiences to
Staying Safe - students learn concrete strategies for what to do if they are being called names or bullied so that they can stay safe and healthy
Think Before You Act - Students identify what they value about how people treat each other and fashion their statements into a class “code of ethics”
We’re All Different Alike – An opportunity for students to feel united with their peers by both their similarities and their differences
What if It’s Not Me - Students explore what they can do when they witness an incident of name-calling or bullying