Monday, May 5, 2014
Upstander Tool Belts
In second grade we read the inspirational story, One by Kathryn Otoshi. This story illustrates very simply the bullying of the color blue while the other colors stand by and do nothing. Then "one" comes along and shows the other colors how to be an upstander.
After reading the story, we reflected on how each one of us can be that "one" for someone who is not being treated kindly by another. I passed out a handout with different outlines of tools on it. We brainstormed tools that we could use to help someone in need, and wrote them on each of the tools. The students even became creative with hand-picking which strategy should go on each tool.
Afterward, students cut out each of the tools to wear on their "Upstander Tool Belt" (sentence strip, paper clip, library book pocket).