Upstander Behavior

Overview: Upstander Behavior is the helpful way(s) that people respond when they see or hear hurtful actions or acts of bullying. This session focuses on standing up to do the right thing - safely - in any situation. Students will define bullying behavior and differentiate it from other mean or hurtful behavior. They will then practice strategies for responding to any kind of mean behavior by choosing to Reach Out, Speak Up, and Get Help. The activities in this session reinforce for students that they always have the power to safely and peacefully do something to help make the situation better. Upstander Behavior is an effective tool for preventing and addressing bullying behavior or any non-peaceful behavior.  

Objectives: In this session, students will:

  1. Define bullying behavior and differentiate it from other mean or hurtful behavior
  2. Define Upstander Behavior
  3. Identify and practice Upstander strategies to address and prevent bullying behaviors:
    Reach Out
    Speak Up
    Get Help
  4. Practice being peaceful superheroes
  5. Identify situations where it might feel challenging to be an Upstander and brainstorm how to safely stand up for what is right

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Detailed Lesson Plans
(Click appropriate grade-level)

pre-K          K-1          2-3          4-6          6-8 (coming soon!)

Recommended Books
(click title for complete Literature Guide) 

Title and Author  pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill (coming soon!)
x x x    
Flabbersmashed About You by Rachel Vail (coming soon!)  x   x  x    
One by Kathryn Otoshi  x  x x x
Riding the Tiger by Eve Bunting       x x
Say Something by Peggy Moss (coming soon!)       x x
The Summer My Father Was Ten by Pat Brisson       x x


Reinforcing Activities
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 Activity Title pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
Peaceful Capes (coming soon!) x    
Upstander Role Plays (coming soon!) x    
4 Corners - Upstander! (coming soon!)       x x
Social Media - Making a Difference (coming soon!)       x x


Classroom Poster and Printable Worksheets
(Click appropriate files for visual aids and worksheets to supplement your lesson)

Classroom Poster          Upstander Worksheet          Reach Out - Speak Up - Get Help Worksheet