National Bullying Prevention Center
This website aims to teach kids what they can do to help prevent bullying. Read Carmen’s Advice about bullying or ask her a question. Watch videos made by kids to show what bullying looks like and what can be done about it. On the bulletin board, read about why people care about bullying, and/or post why you care. Check out the age-appropriate Bullying 101 Presentation, and download the colorful 16-page Bullying 101 handout.
Practice forensics science as you
investigate an automobile crash. You’ll need to print out the crash scene document so you can record the information as you compile it. First you’ll need to gather information. Math skills are important in assessing the details you gather. You’ll also learn to interview witnesses. Figure the speed the cars were traveling after the collision based on the formula provided. After all the data have been collected, you draw conclusions as to what caused the collision, and who was at fault. This is an extensive look at how to gather and interpret evidence, a great introduction to forensics.
Beware of Personal Disasters
Masters of Disaster, presented by Eight, Arizona PBS, offers three collections of printable activities that teach students about home and personal safety. Level 1 activities ask early elementary students to identify safe and unsafe situations, to recognize things in the house that may be hot or dangerous to touch, and to understand what household items are poisonous if consumed. Level 2 activities, for students grades 3 through 5, ask students to consider ways to prevent injuries in sample scenarios. Level 3 activities, for students grades 6 through 8, ask students to use problem solving when reading and answering questions about unsafe circumstances and consequences. There are also lessons on types of skin burns, the process of breathing, and the physics of falling. - Tech and Learning
If Someone at School has a Weapon
This is a mandatory discussion that must be had at home. The article is written for middle and high school students, but could be adapted for conversation with younger students. Rational, methodical steps are suggested for dealing with a situation that might involve a weapon. Then practical advice is offered to the student who observes or hears about the possibility of a weapon at school. The article also addresses warning signs of violence that may or may not involve a weapon and why these concerns should be taken seriously. A link to an adjunct article discusses whether students should worry about violence at school.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.