Spookley the Square Pumpkin
Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a square pumpkin who lives in a round pumpkin patch world. In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a perennial fall favorite children’s story, Spookley helps you understand that the things that make you different are what make you special.
Educators across North America read The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin to their students during October to teach about bullying prevention, tolerance and diversity. Here are some tips for educators, from educators, on how to share Spookley with your students.
Bullying Prevention Discussion Questions After reading The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin to your students, you may want to ask some of the following questions:
Additional resources are available at www.spookley.com
1. Using some of the bullying situations listed in the discussion section (above), have the kids role play or use puppets to act out effective ways to handle those situations.
2. Have each child write down a
bullying situation on a piece of paper. For younger children, list different
situations on the board. Discuss ways to handle the situations without fighting. Have the kids role play or use puppets to act out these situations.
3. Have the children create a mural showing various
situations at school where bullying takes place. Have them draw cartoon word balloons or thought balloons showing what the characters would be saying or thinking if they were handling those situations effectively.
4. Read aloud stories where
bullying behavior is demonstrated and discuss how the characters handle the
situation. Decide how the story would be changed if the situation were handled
5. Select some students to act as
"roving reporters". During recess, lunch or another selected period of time, have them observe, record, and tabulate how many different situations, dialogues, or actions demonstrated bullying behaviors. Have them report to the class and then discuss the results.
6. Have a brainstorming session to come up with ideas for how to prevent bullying behavior at your school. Put these ideas into a booklet and pass it out to the other students.
An Anti-Bullying Coloring Book
Color the Crew! The Kids Against Bullying cast is captured in a coloring book with image and important bullying prevention messages.
Above is a link to a Bullying Starting the Discussion Toolkit.
A complete classroom tool kit for discussing bullying prevention during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.