UNITY DAY

October 21st 2020

What is Unity Day?

For years, our culture justified bullying with expressions such as, “Bullying is a natural part of childhood,” “Some kids just deserve to be bullied,” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” The goal of the day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.
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Unity Day FAQ | PACERTalks About Bullying

Why do we ask our staff and students to wear orange?

Why the color orange? Unity Day is held during October, and orange is a color commonly identified with that month and season. It is also a color associated with safety and visibility. Orange is described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes a strong statement. It was also a color that was not being used by another widely known cause.

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What activities can I complete with my students to celebrate Unity Day?

This year Unity Day will be a little different as we won't be able to participate in large school wide events such as our mural making or group picture. Click the link below to see some great classroom ideas you can try with your class.

BONUS** These activities are also meet the SEL requirements.

Please read the book below with your class.

Questions for discussion:

What does it mean to be inclusive?

Why is this important?

How can we be an inclusive class/community?

Second Grades (STRATFORD) Please watch All are Welcome below:

All Are Welcome - Read Aloud Picture Book | Brightly Storytime
Finding Your Spot in the World by Diane Alber
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UNITY DAY CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES- Choose ONE

Click the PACER.org link below . See Unity Day Classroom Ideas (see page 5 under "Activation Ideas"). Pick ONE idea to complete with your class or select one item from the menu under "More Activities" below. Please share pictures of your activities with vincentm@gcufsd.net :)

Every Step You Take:

Every Step You Take


A fun activity to show what happens when everyone takes steps to prevent bullying.

  • Trace and cut out your foot step on orange paper.
  • Write a message on it sharing something you can do for yourself or peers.
  • Post all the steps on a hallway floor or wall, in your classroom or even a stairway.
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Unity Day Tree




The Unity Tree is a powerful symbol reminding everyone that bullying can be prevented when we all come together – united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Creating a Unity Tree is an interactive and hands-on activity, a shared experience in which anyone can participate and everyone can watch the tree grow. Each person contributes their own unique experiences, creative ideas, and strategies by writing positive messages on leaves that are attached to the tree. As the number of leaves increases, it creates a visual reminder, demonstrating that when we are united we can create social change.

Option One: Unity Tree on a Bulletin Board

  1. On the classroom wall or bulletin board, create the trunk of a tree, along with branches, with construction paper or materials of your own choosing.
  2. Next, cut out leaf shaped pieces of orange paper; make them large enough for students to write a message.

    Below are three options for types of messages, or create your own:

    • If you planted a seed, what would you tell your seed about bullying?
    • What can you do change/impact your school’s culture about bullying?
    • How can you support a friend/peer who is being bullied?
  3. Have each student write down their response on a leaf.
  4. Attach each of the leaves to the tree.



Option Two: Unity Tree in a Vase

  1. Fill the base of a flower vase with the cotton balls, tissue paper, or other materials. Take tree branches, sticks, skinny craft sticks, or another ‘branch-like’ item and place inside the vase, so the material holds it vertically upward.
  2. Cut orange paper into strips of 1 ½” to 2” wide and 11” long.
  3. Ask participants to write a message on the orange strips of construction paper, which will represent the “leaves” of the tree.

    Below are three options for types of messages, or create your own:

    • If you planted a seed, what would you tell your seed about bullying?
    • What can you do change/impact your school’s culture about bullying?
    • How can you support a friend/peer who is being bullied?
  4. Tape each response to the end of the slip around a tree branch, so the message is easy to read.

PACER KIDS

This website has lots of great resources, videos and activities!

NEARPOD :

Nearpod has lots of great lessons on bullying prevetion:

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