1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will recognize why acceptance of self and others is important for the development of positive attitudes.
Students will explore how relationships can contribute to self-worth and
demonstrate qualities that help form healthy interpersonal relationships.
- Two or more balled-up pieces of paper. Wrap masking tape around the paper to hold
the shape. A soft ball could also be used.
- "Block-A-Bully" video (included on the Prevention Dimensions Foundation CD)
- "Take a Stand" from the CD Take a Stand
- "The Heat is On" from the CD Be a Builder
Background for Teachers
Lesson at a Glance
1. Block-a-Bully video
2. Bodyguard Game
3. Block-a-Bully Review
4. Block-a-Bully Follow-Up
5. Being a Bodyguard
- Block-a-Bully Download
Show the Block-a-Bully video available to download for free through iTunes. Go to the
iTunes store and search for "Utah Electronic High School Block a Bully."
First pose the statements featured in the video and have students create their own
Some teachers assign this to tables and use the art to create a bulletin board.
- Bullying is behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress.
- Behavior that exists in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power.
- This behavior may be repeated over time.
- Bullying can come from a boy or a girl or a group.
- Bullies can use mean words.
- Bullies can be physical.
- Bullying can be leaving someone out.
- I have a right to be in an environment where I feel safe.
- I have a responsibility to treat others with kindness.
- Violence is intent, by words, looks, signs, or acts, to hurt someone else's
body, feelings, or possessions.
- What is one thing you learned about bullies that you didn't know before?
- What are some things that cause distress or injury in the classroom and/
or on the playground?
throwing spit wads; laughing at a person because he/she couldn't hit the ball; stealing
a pencil; laughing at someone's grade; writing a name on the restroom wall; picking on
a vulnerable student; kicking a vending machine; leaving garbage on the playground;
- What questions do you have about bullying?
With one soft ball or balled-up piece of paper, play the game "Bodyguard."
- Block-a-Bully Review
Watch the Block-a-Bully video again.
- Have each student draw himself or herself into the given situation as a bodyguard.
- This can be done in students' individual drawings or as a whole-class activity.
- Encourage the students to use captions or thought bubbles in their drawings that
explain their role as a bodyguard.
- Make a bulletin board of the artwork.
- Block-a-Bully Follow-Up
- Have students report how they have been a bodyguard or how they have been
- Recognize students throughout the year who have acted as bodyguards to
themselves, others, or the environment.
- Being a Bodyguard
- Make a copy of the Home Connection for each student.
- Take a short amount of class time to explain the home
- Send the Home Connection paper home with each student
and instruct students to share the information with their
This lesson is part of the Utah State Board of Education Prevention Dimensions program.