The "Beat Bullying" Campaign

Objectives for Middle School Students

  • Compare and contrast bullying issues children with cleft lip/palate face in the U.S. and China.
  • Analyze statistical data and draw conclusions.
  • Reinforce math skills through diagrams, graphs, and charts.
  • Develop an anti-bullying campaign through creativity and teamwork.

Materials: Video: Smile Train's First Patient, Wang Li from surgery to marriage, and the birth of her son, graph paper, markers, video camera

Build Background

(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)

Show students the video "Smile Train's First Patient, Wang Li from surgery to marriage, and the birth of her son”. As a class, discuss bullying issues. Encourage students to compare and contrast cleft lip/palate with other physical or learning disabilities. Have students make a list of additional information they'd like to find out about cleft lip/palate. Have them keep the questions for use in the next activity.

Make Connections

(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)

Give facts about China from Smile Train's China page. Ask students to revisit the questions from the Build Background activity. Students can work in pairs to answer questions about China and their own country. Examples: "How many people are born with cleft lip/palate in the U.S. and China? How many cleft lip/palate surgeries are performed in the U.S. and China?" Have students use graph paper and markers to create a bar graph comparing data from both countries.

Class Project

(Duration: 2 hrs.)

Students will brainstorm a video campaign (including a goal, a main message, and a convincing way to present the data). Example: Create mock news reports about bullying and Chinese children with cleft lip and palate. Record students as they give their presentations to other classes. Invite guest students to donate $1 to Smile Train's "Beat Bullying" campaign when they come to the presentation. Show the video to the school community throughout the school year, and track fundraising efforts on the online fundraising page.