Elementary School Counselor
Have you ever been teased? How did it feel? Have you ever teased anyone? If so, WHY?
Teasing and bullying in schools is a worldwide problem that can have devastating consequences for the general school climate and for the right of the student to learn in a safe classroom environment without fear. Bullying and teasing can also have negative lifelong consequences -- both for students who bully and tease and for their victims. Direct teasing and bullying seems to increase through the elementary years, peak in the middle school/junior high school years, and decline somewhat during the high school years. However, while direct physical assault seems to decrease with age, verbal abuse appears to remain constant. Whether the teasing or bullying is direct or indirect, the key component is that the physical or mental intimidation occurs repeatedly over time to create an ongoing pattern of harassment and abuse. The effects can and are devastating!
After reading the story about Tailey Whaley, you will work with your partner to research the definition of tolerance. Your partner and you will research and discuss other movie or story characters that had to face teasing due to their differences. You will be able to find this information by using the web sites listed for you. You will use the information that you learn to create a tolerance poster.
You will also be challenged to "Mix It Up" and sit next to an unfamiliar peer during lunch. After the experience, you will be expected to write a quote about the experience.
Read the story entitled “Tailey Whaley, a whale of a story”, by Charles Boyle at http://www.whalebook.com/content/read/read.html with your partner.
Discover the definition of tolerance at http://www.geocities.com./tolerance4kids/tolerance.html and http://www.unesco.org/tolerance/children.htm.
Play the “Tolerance wins friends game” at http://www.unesco.org/tolerance/children.htm
Mix It Up:
Check out the tolerance posters created by students like you, found at http://www.unesco.org/tolerance/children.htm
Resources used for this WebQuest:
“Tailey Whaley”, written by Charles Boyle
Books about Tolerance:
“The Other Side”, written by Jacqueline Woodson
“Different Just Like Me”, written by Lori Mitchell
“Bein’ with You This Way”, written by Nikola-Lisa
“Abuela’s Weave”, written by Omar S. Castaneda
Your work will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Completion of a tolerance poster
Now that you have completed this WebQuest, you have learned the meaning of tolerance. Share your new knowledge about tolerance with other friends, by displaying your tolerance posters in the hall.