Fatso - A Character Building Adventure on Tolerance with Lesson Plan, Worksheets and a Audio Adventure.
Tolerance, Courage, Kindness.
- Grades: 1-6
- Duration: One class- About 20-40 minutes
- Type: Audio Adventure/Lesson Plan/Worksheets/Answer keys
- Characters: 3 young Boys.
- Audio-length: Approx. 3:35 Minutes
Teach young students about accepting and respecting others!
Downloadable MP3 of Audio Adventure and PDF of Lesson Plan and Worksheets.
Preview the Audio from Fatso
Theme: Three boys are watching track and field day at their school. One of the runners in the next race is obviously overweight. Mike the Bully thinks it's fun to mock the “fat” boy, and Jay-Jay joins Mike. However, another classmate, Barry, stands up for what’s right. Notice the influence Barry’s attitude has on Jay-Jay. See bullying from the perspective of two bystanders, one who goes along with the Bully and one who stands up for his classmate.
Here is what you get with your immediate dowload!
One pre-recorded dramatic skit on Bullying and Tolerance.
Use the skit as a discussion starter, character education radio-theatre, puppet play etc..."Fatso" is a downloadable item only in MP3 audio format of about 3.5 MB in size. This PDF download includes one lesson plan, 8 worksheets adjusted to cover all elementary grades , answer keys and transcript of the skit.
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Overview of the Lesson Plan:
This is a lesson plan based on the audio track “Fatso” from Trax4Life Media. Verbal aggression is a fact that most people suffer through, and it can certainly be used to bully. This form of abuse is directed at the victim’s self-esteem. In this skit, three boys are watching track and field day at their school. One of the runners in the next race is obviously overweight. Mike the bully thinks it’s fun to mock the “fat” boy. Jay-Jay easily joins him. However, another classmate, Barry, stands up for what’s right. Notice the influence Barry’s attitude has on the third boy Jay-Jay. This lesson is about bullying from the perspective of two bystanders, one who goes along with the bully and the other who stands up for his classmate.
- Students will develop character.
- Students will learn to recognize that their words can be used to bully others.
- Students will listen to a bystander that stands up for a victim of bullying.
- Students will reflect about being hypocrites.
- Students will develop respect for their classmates.
- Students will learn more about verbal aggression by completing the worksheets.
- Students will write their thoughts down on the worksheets.
Resources and Materials:
- Digital Audio player (i.e. CD, MP3, Wave) of the “Solar System” audio track
- Selected worksheets for your grade level
- Coloring crayons (depending on grade level)
- Optional: (your choice) copy of the script.
- Puppets and stages if you are doing puppet show.
Photocopy worksheets 2, 3, and 4, (making a face) and any other grade level appropriate worksheets you have selected. Make sure your audio player is cued to the track “Fatso.” Also make sure the audio player has sufficient volume to be heard by all students in the classroom setting.
This lesson focuses on the fact that some people bully others because of their appearance. It is essential that students realize that mocking and public humiliation is a form of bullying.
Distribute “Fatso” worksheets 2, 3, 4, and 5. Have each student create his or her “face”. Although there is a limited number of parts to choose from, welcome students to draw their own. Students should color the skin any color they choose, and they should create a hairstyle. Divide the students into pairs. Use worksheet 5 to have them interview each other. You can choose to discuss some of their answers and reactions to their creations. Emphasize the fact that despite the appearance, no one “face” is better then another. You may also tell the students that with people, not only is the physical (or outside) different, but each one of us is also unique on the inside as well.
Tell students that they are going to hear a story about bullying.
Play the audio track “Fatso”. Ideally you can have students who have rehearsed the track perform with puppets or as a drama.
Briefly discuss the audio track. Discuss the following main topics:
- Why were Mike and Jay-Jay laughing at Gilbert?
- Why is it so easy to laugh at others?
- How does it feel when people mock or laugh at you?
- Is judging a person by his or her appearance a good benchmark of what that person is?
- Jay-Jay went to tell Gilbert he was sorry. Does that take courage?
- Mike didn’t want to tell Gilbert he was sorry. He said it was to sissy. Is it really? Explain why or why not.
Students can be evaluated based on written answers, teacher observation, or participation in group discussions. Students can also be evaluated through drama/puppet performances should you decide to proceed with these wonderful teaching methods. Invite students to meet privately with you if they want to discuss this subject more seriously or in depth. Students should have learned to respect each other’s differences and diversity.