When we cooperate with each other, we work together and then connect with each other. We are then far less likely to engage in hurtful behavior such as spreading rumors. When we cooperate, we support our peers and often find support in return.
The Web (adapted from Debbie Gilbert Taylor)
(Need a ball of yarn or string; this is a small to large group activity)
What is a rumor? A rumor is gossip; saying something about someone that you do not for sure know is true.
1. Never start a false rumor; saying something that you do not know is true.
2. Do not listen to rumors.
3. Do not repeat or spread rumors
4. Walk away.
A. Sheri stole my pencils
B. Did you see Sheri steal them?
A. No, but she sits next to me.
B. That doesn't mean she took them, you are making up a rumor (walk away).
A. Debbie said Tamara was the most talkative girl in her classroom.
B. I sit next to Tamara and she rarely ever talks. That is not true.
A. Do you know what Malcolm said happened to Nathan?
B. I don't think it's true.
A. I think it's true.
B. Do you know for sure?
B. Then it's a rumor, and I don't listen to rumors.