One day all the animals in the meadow were listening to a big argument between the North Wind and the Sun.

The North Wind was bragging, “I am stronger than you, by far. You are the weakest!”

The Sun said politely, “No, that is not true.”

They continued to talk in this manner, and the North Wind began to get louder and louder until the animals had to cover their ears!

Finally the Sun said in a quiet voice, “Let’s put this to a test. See that man over there walking down the road? Let’s say that whoever can make him take off his coat first is the stronger one. Do you agree?”

The Wind agreed, and at once he began to howl and blow at the man, almost knocking him over! The blast was so strong that it almost pulled the coat right off him. But the man grabbed his coat and wrapped himself up in it even more tightly than before.

The North Wind didn’t give up for a long time, but finally he ran out of breath.

The Sun began to shine. As the man walked down the road, the heat of the sun warmed him and then made him sweat. He undid the top button of his coat. The North Wind groaned. The Sun shone down more on the man. The man unbuttoned all the buttons on his coat, and the coat hung loosely around his shoulders.

“Oh, no!” whined the North Wind.

After about a mile, the man sat down in the shade of a tree and took off his coat! The North Wind retreated in a huff, and the Sun smiled down at the man.


Cognitive: Students will learn that it is better to use gentleness than force when you are trying to get someone to do something. They will understand what bullying is and why it is wrong.

Affective: Students will experience a willingness to cooperate when they are asked nicely to do something. Students will want to be polite rather than forcing others to do what they say.

Behavioral: Students who are prone to bullying others will change their behavior. All students will improve their manners, when dealing with others, using gentle, polite methods rather than being demanding or forcing others.


Class Session 1

Read the story to the students. Ask who can tell you what the argument was between the North Wind and the Sun. Ask students to imagine all the animals covering their ears because of the argument. Have students cover their ears, pretending to be animals. How would a rabbit cover his ears? How would a dog cover his ears? Where would a bear have to put his paws to cover his ears?

Now ask, "How did the North Wind try to get the man to take off his coat?" Ask who can show you what the Wind sounded like as he howled and tried to force the man to take off his coat. Let all the students make howling and blowing sounds.

Explain that in this story the wind is like a bully who is trying to force the man do what he wants him to do. Ask students if they know what a bully is. Affirm any correct answers. Ask students to recount any experiences they are willing to about bullies.

Clarify that a bully is someone who tries to get their own way by being mean or rough rather than being polite and kind. A bully might be a bigger boy who takes a smaller boy's lunch away. A bully might be someone who wants to play on the basketball court when you were there first, so he starts to shove and push you around to make you leave.

Ask students if only boys are bullies? Surprise them by saying that girls can be bullies too. Usually girl bullies use words to be mean to people. A girl bully might be someone who makes fun of you or others and makes other people laugh at you so that she can feel she is better than you are. A girl bully is someone who talks about you behind your back and hurts you in the eyes and ears of other people. A bully can be a girl or a boy, a child or an adult. Some bullies use words, some bullies hit.

Mention that the Sun is not a bully. The Sun doesn't try to get what he wants by pushing people around. Ask, "What does the Sun do to make the man take off his coat?" Affirm their correct answers, and explain that this is why the sun wins in the story. The sun is gentle and doesn’t try to harm the man. Affirm that in the end, bullies and meanies usually lose. Those who are gentle and polite with others win.

Class Session 2

Remind the students of the story of the North Wind and the Sun. Choose three students to play the North Wind, the Sun, and the walking man respectively. The rest of the children can be the animals listening to the argument and watching the contest. Clear a space for a stage. However, no one can talk! This will be pantomime.

Once they have successfully pantomimed this story, tell children you want them to pantomime or act out without words some other little stories about either being a bully or being nice.

Here’s the first story. You will need someone to act out Polite Peter, Boris Bully, and a third student who is getting a drink at the drinking fountain.

Polite Peter is thirsty and goes to get a drink of water. Boris Bully is also thirsty and wants to get a drink first. What do you think Boris Bully might say and do?

Polite Peter wants a drink but another student is standing in front of the drinking fountain. What does Peter do?

Here's the second story. You need another Polite Peter, Boris Bully, and a student who is playing with a ball.

Polite Peter is on the playground and would like to play with the ball. Another student has the ball. What do you think Polite Peter might say to the other student?

Boris Bully wants the ball from the other student.

Here's the third story. You need a Belinda Bully, a Polite Polly, a handicapped girl named Marcia, and other girls.

Belinda Bully wants to have a lot of friends. She thinks she can make herself more popular by making fun of Marcia, a crippled girl who needs to use crutches. She says bad things about Marcia, points her out to others, and makes them laugh at her. This makes Marcia feel very bad.

Polite Polly wants to have a lot of friends too. She is sure that Marcia has some wonderful things about her and would make a good friend. She tries to get to know her and to make the other girls be nicer to Marcia.

The teacher can use different names and different situations depending on what kind of problems are in the classroom or on the playground.

At the end of the session, ask the students, “What do you think is a better way to get what you want, being a bully or being polite and kind? Conclude with the message that usually when you are gentle and polite, people will want to be your friend.