How many of you awesome school counselors have the book Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook in your counselor book collection? I do (actually have 2 copies and the activity and idea book) but anywhoo, I recently had a class visit using this great book during my lesson (this can be used in grades K-3). So here's what I did:
|Book & Activity & Idea Book|
-Opened with the question, what is bullying? Maybe it's me, but somehow everything (to students) is bullying...someone takes a pencil, accidentally bumps into them, you name it and it's considered bullying. During this time, I talk about what bullying really is considered so the students will have a better understanding of what bullying is.
-I then read the book Bully B.E.A.N.S. to the class. I really get them involved during the story having them to practice yelling "BACK OFF" as the characters do to the bully (they LOVE this because they get to yell).
|Reading the story|
-After the story, we review the tips shared in the story on how to deal with a bully.
-I tell the students that I actually have some bully beans to share with them! But first we have to practice getting rid of bullies. For bully beans I've used jelly beans, but since the store I was in was out of jelly beans I bought fun sized bags of Skittles (I really wasn't feeling going to multiple stores for jelly beans that day). However since Easter's around the corner, there will be an abundance of jelly beans to be found at pretty much any store.
-I gave each student a sheet of paper where they were to draw a picture of what they thought a bully looked like.
|Another bully drawing, I especially like that the student wrote that the "bule" was going to push the "prsin" in the "mud putol"|
-I had the students hold up the "bullies" and said now we'll use our beans to get rid of the bullies. Depending on the class you can give the "beans" before or after the lesson (they get really excited about the "beans").
-We then tear up the drawn bullies and get rid of them while cheering and celebrating that we have the power within to stop bullying (this is the message of the book).
|Having "bully beans" nearby|
|We do recycle|
Do you have any lessons or ideas that you use with the book Bully B.E.A.N.S. please share!