​​Being reasonable and ethical online lesson plans

The Being reasonable and ethical online lesson plans are a suite of three (3) 60 minute lesson plans and supporting resources for students in Years 3–4, 5–6, 7–9 and 10–12.

Using a tree analogy, the lessons engage students in a community of inquiry that examines the qualities of respectful relationships (friendships), communicating with others online, and being reasonable and ethical when online. As part of their learning, students will generate and critically evaluate reasonable and ethical behaviours that make online environments more respectful and supportive, for themselves and others.

Specific lesson resources are provided below. To extend learning about the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, teachers may access further Resources for their students. 

Activity overview

The Being reasonable and ethical online Overview (PDF, 504KB), Word version (DOC, 409KB) provides guidelines for facilitating a community of inquiry, links to key documents and references, and the scope and content of the lesson plans at a glance.

The Being reasonable and ethical online lesson plan resources consist of materials that are common to all year levels, as well as resources that are specific to each year level grouping. Teachers will need to download and print all materials listed under 'Lesson plan resources for all year levels' as well as the materials relating to their specific year level grouping.

For all year levels you will need the following materials:

Tree construction diagrams (PDF, 890KB)

National Day of Action A3 poster (PDF, 1.9MB)

Tree roots A3 template (PDF, 753KB)

Tree trunk A3 template (PDF, 199KB)

Leaf A3 template (PDF, 27KB)

Tree crown A3 template (PDF, 826KB)

Lesson plans for year levels

Lesson plan for Years 3-4

Lesson plan (PDF, 473KB), Word version (DOC, 407KB)

What is bullying? (Years 3–4) handout (PDF, 374KB), Word version (DOC, 284KB)

Lesson plan for Years 5-6

Lesson plan (PDF, 481KB), Word version (DOC, 416KB)

What is bullying? (Years 5–6, 7–9) A3 handout (PDF, 362KB), Word version (DOC, 284KB)

Scenario (Years 5–6) cards (PDF, 360KB), (DOC, 285KB)

Lesson plan for Years 7-9

Lesson plan (Years 7–9) (PDF, 485KB), Word version (DOC, 415KB)

What is bullying? (Years 5–6, 7–9) A3 handout (PDF, 362KB), Word version (DOC, 284KB)

Reasonable/ethical online behaviour heading card (PDF, 143KB)

Not reasonable/ethical online behaviour heading card (PDF, 143KB)

Scenarios (Years 7–9) cards (PDF, 365KB), (DOC, 296KB)

Behaving reasonably and ethically online: Building respectful online relationships (Years 7–9) template (PDF, 389KB)

Lesson plan for Years 10-12

Lesson plan (Years 10–12) (PDF, 490KB), Word version (DOC, 428​KB)

What is bullying? Option 1 (Years 10–12) handout (PDF, 358KB), Word version (DOC, 284KB)

What is bullying? Option 2 (Years 10–12) handout (PDF, 362KB), Word version (DOC, 284KB)

Generalisation statements (Years 10–12) handout (PDF, 171KB), Word version (DOC, 294KB)

Behaving reasonably and ethically online: Code of conduct (Years 10–12) template (PDF, 304KB), Word version (DOC, 715KB)

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