Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Bullying and supports students in identifying constructive ways for managing and resolving interpersonal conflicts, such as bullying. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of  projects.


Invite students to describe situations involving bullying from books or movies.


  • Read aloud the description on the Bullying topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the five Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about bullying while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial that explains how to support a friend who is being bullied.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different strategies to try when confronting or witnessing a bullying situation. (Essential Literacy Skill: Summarize key details)
  • Creative Coding: Code a conversation in which one person is being bullied, and another sticks up for them.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences)
  • Primary Source Activity: Analyze an article about a real-world bullying situation and cite evidence to answer the questions.  (Essential Literacy Skill: Cite specific evidence to support conclusions drawn)


Apply: Students take the Bullying Challenge, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Bullying Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Collection: Continue to build understanding around empathy and respect with BrainPOP’s six-week SEL curriculum that addresses the five CASEL competencies.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments