Below is an annotated list of children's literature for the elementary classroom. The books are organized by the Six Elements of Social Justice Curriculum Design (Picower, 2007). It is based on work by pre-service teachers at Montclair State University. They have read and reviewed these books and provided insights into how they can be used in K-5 settings.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Jungle Bullies

Author: Steven Kroll
Illustrator: Vincent Nguyen
Grade Level: Pre-k - 1
Summary: Jungle Bullies is a story about jungle animals that bully one another.  The elephant tells the hippo to get out of the water so he can bathe in peace.  The hippo tells the lion to get out of the way so he could get by.  Lion tells the leopard to get out of his spot so he can nap.  Leopard tells the little monkey to get off the branch.  Little monkey runs to his mama and tells her how the leopard is bullying him and she replies that he must stand up to bullies.  Mama goes with the little monkey to tell leopard "Don't you tell me what to do, this tree's big enough for two.  Share it with me as a friend, don't be mean to me again."  After little monkey tells this to leopard he gets an idea.  From than on the animals work together to tell whoever bullied them that it isn't nice.  At the end all of the animals join elephant in the pond and play together. 
Element: Element 5 is raising awareness.  In this story, the awareness of bullying begins when little monkey tells his mama that the leopard had bullied him away from the branch he was sitting on.  After the monkey tells his mama, each animal raises awareness by telling whoever bullied them, "Share with me as a friend, don't be mean to me again."  Within the jungle the animals are raising awareness of bullying amongst themselves.
Activity: With students sitting at their desks, teachers will perform a role play in which they fight over an object, by pretending to yell and push at one another.  Teachers will then hold a class discussion, asking what the two people in the role play did wrong and what could have been done differently.  Each student will get the chance to play each role.  After they play the “bully” the students will switch roles and become the person that is getting yelled at. Students will than design posters that raise awareness about bullying.  The posters will be displayed outside the classroom for all to see.

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