Who and What is this site for?
Topic: Social Relationships
What is this site all about?
I came across this website during my internship but never had the chance to have my students explore it because of the lack of computer lab time in our school. It is very interactive and I think it would work great in pairs so the students can explore together and come up with solutions collaboratively. The site contains: Games and Fun, Contests, Watch This (contains great videos for students), Kids Say (stories, ask sally, poll results, and a dear diary section), and Smart Stuff (which contains information for kids to read as well as where and who to turn to).
How would I use this in my [future] classroom?
I would tie this into a health unit about social relationships, but I think a topic such as "bullying" shouldn't just be taught as a section within a unit and then that's it, carry on to the next subject. It is a year-long issue and therefore, should be addressed year-long. This isn't a site I would just send my students with the link and say "have fun", I think it needs some pre-teaching. Such as What is bullying, What does it feel like to be bullied? Who else is involved in bullying?, etc. I really like the idea of the poll, so I would introduce that into my instruction to get an idea of what the students think and feel about bullying. Then I would have them read some of the stories and watch a few of the videos and then from there they could explore more of the site. Even the "games" which I think would grab their attention are very informational.
This ties directly into the health curriculum.
Grade 3: Gathering facts for: Wellness: Social Relationships: Making Friends: Resolving Conflict without Violence and Identifying & Expressing Feelings.