The "Beat Bullying" Campaign

Objectives for Middle School Students

  • Compare and contrast children’s lives in Ethiopia and in the U.S.
  • Analyze statistical data and draw conclusions.
  • Reinforce math skills through diagrams, graphs, and charts.
  • Create an awareness project through creativity and teamwork.

Materials: Graph paper, mathematical compass, markers, video camera

Build Background

(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)

Ask students to estimate how many years children usually attend school in the U.S. Then ask them to estimate how many years children usually attend school in Ethiopia. Record the estimates on the board, and provide students with the actual figures (see the CIA World Factbook for data). Repeat the process and ask students to estimate how many people have access to clean water and doctors. Then ask students to draw conclusions about the data. What effect can lack of education/clean water/healthcare have on children?

Make Connections

(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)

Ask students to share what they know about cleft lip/palate. Supplement or correct student information as necessary, using the data on Smile Train’s General Information About Cleft Lip and Palate page. Give basic facts about Ethiopia from Smile Train's Ethiopia page, but don't reveal the country. Have students guess which country you are describing. If necessary, include basic trivia such as its location, languages, etc. Ask students to make connections between this data and the information they learned in the Build Background activity. Ask, “How many children with cleft lip/palate in the U.S. receive treatment? How many children in Ethiopia do? Why?” Ask students to create bar graphs or pie charts that represent this data.

Class Project

(Duration: 2 hrs.)

Place students in small groups; assign each group either the U.S. or Ethiopia. Students will pretend they are reporters on assignment, covering the story of a child in that country getting cleft lip/palate treatment. (You may wish to use a patient story from Smile Train or have students create their own story to report on.) Record students’ stories to share with the school. Invite guest students to donate $1 to Smile Train when they come to view the video. Students can create their own fundraising page to collect donations.