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Kidsbridge Tolerance Center Programs for Grades 3-5

Group size:  Maximum 42 students

Visit Length:  4 hours (including lunch)

Admission: Admission is charged per student. There is no cost for teachers, school counselors, other educators or adult chaperones.

Post-Visit Resources: Kidsbridge provides a curriculum area for teachers.  Please bring your phone to photograph lesson plans, information for parents and care-givers, and other resources to reinforce and extend the content presented during your visit.  (Hard copies of materials are available free upon request.)

Program Overview:

Morning:  Icebreaker/greeting
Small group activities, or station rotations (described below)

Lunch: College Panel question and answer session (dependent upon TCNJ student availability)

Afternoon:  Students will practice and perform puppet skits. Skit topics are selected by you based on your priorities. This activity includes a media literacy discussion about laugh tracks on television. While watching the shows, students practice not laughing when puppets call names or are mean in other ways.

Morning Activities (small group rotations)

img_20160429_142056Your group will participate in 5 small group activities before lunch. The following 4 activities are foundational to the objectives of the Kidsbridge curriculum. You will select a fifth activity from the “Additional Activities” list and designate it on the booking form.

All programs include the following activities:

  1. UPstander Skills
    Explore the barriers to UPstander behavior. (game)
    Expand your toolbox of UPstander strategies.
    Practice through role-play. (A fun way to gain confidence)
    Note: Role-play scenarios can be tailored to the specific needs of your students.
  2. Gender
    Question stereotypes by playing the Gender Game.
    Assess school climate (includes a discussion of teasing and UPstander opportunities).
    Media Influences – Detect gender messages on cereal boxes, toys, advertisements.
  3. Managing Feelings
    Practice self-compassion, stress reduction and self-control through movement and mindfulness. These techniques can be used at anytime or anyplace.
  4. Draw a Puppet
    Create a stick puppet for use in the afternoon activity.

Additional Activities — (Please choose one and designate it on the booking form.)

  • Respect and Equality
    Use our Kidsbridge friends (large puppets) to practice respect for all people.
    Notice assumptions or bias based on ability, disability or family circumstances.
    Note: This activity can be tailored to the specific needs of your students.
  • K.A.R.T
    Choose adults and peers to create a Kidsbridge Action Response Team.
    Consider the importance of developing a network of support.
    Practice asking for help in advance.
  • The Terrible Things
    Learn how working together as UPstanders can bring positive results.
    The classic book The Terrible Things by Eve Bunting is used interactively for this activity.
  • Religious Diversity
    Explore commonalities among the worlds faith and wisdom traditions.
    This activity highlights the universality of the Golden Rule.
  • Personal Strengths
    Explore examples of real life “kid heroes”.
    Identify your personal strength.
    Pool strengths with others to solve a problem.

Kidsbridge Mobile Outreach Program for grades 3-5

carlitos-balloons-800pxKidsbridge now offers a mobile outreach program to bring our small group, interactive learning model into your classroom.  Our trained facilitators conduct sessions which include: small group activities, theater/role play, movement, journaling, and guided relaxation.

All programs include:

Pre-visit information via a Teacher’s Guide
Post-visit activity: Conflict Resolution Puppets – This follow-up activity is a fun tool for further role play and problem-solving. Teachers receive skit scenarios and puppet show guidelines including a media literacy lesson on how to watch skits/TV/Internet programs respectfully.

Program Specifics:

Length of Program: 5 sessions which may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or every 2 weeks

Length of Sessions: 40-50 minutes

Class size: Maximum 24 students

Note: Our facilitators may request assistance from the classroom teacher or other school staff.  Guidelines for assistance will be provided.

Program Sessions:

  1. img_08131Introduce program core concepts including: UPstander behavior; handling feelings with movement, breathing and guided meditation.
  2. UPstander Skills — Explore empathy & empowerment.  Model practical, actionable strategies for dealing with bullying and cyber-bullying.
  3. Diversity Appreciation — Sharpen critical thinking skills relating to bias and stereotypes in order to inspire respect.
  4. Collaborating with Others — A literature-based activity promoting caring, empathy, and working together.
  5. Strengths & Teamwork — Discover strengths for personal empowerment; value others’ strengths and challenges.
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