Dress Purple Day Resources for Teachers

On October 24, 2017 schools across the province will dress purple and speak up about the rights of children to safety and well-being, and about how it takes a village to keep kids safe. DRESS PURPLE DAY Classroom Resources are intended to support teachers to engage with their students in conversations about safety and well-being, helping adults in the community, and how to ask for help.

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LESSON ONE

child paintingIt Takes a Village to Keep Kids Safe

One often hears that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to keep them safe. In this lesson children identify adults in their “village” that they can turn to for help. They are also encouraged to keep telling until they get the help they need. Lesson includes teacher background info, discussion questions, and class activities with grade-specific variations for JK-Grade 5.

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LESSON TWO

child paintingSafety in the Village

Healthy touch is integral to human relationships and as a result children need practice becoming in tune with their feelings about touch. In this lesson children will learn about how to recognize their “uh-oh” feeling and apply it to situations involving inappropriate touch. They will also learn that there are no secrets about touch. Lesson includes teacher background info, discussion questions, and class activities with grade-specific variations for JK-Grade 5.

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LESSON THREE

child paintingWell-being in the Village

The “village” is also responsible for ensuring the well-being of children. In this lesson children learn that they have physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs. They will also learn how to identify the adults in the community who can help them if these needs are unfulfilled. Lesson includes teacher background info, discussion questions, and class activities with grade-specific variations for JK-Grade 5.

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LESSON FOUR

child paintingDress Purple Day – #IBREAKthesilence

On Dress Purple Day children join communities across the province and speak up about how it takes a village to keep kids safe.  This lesson engages children in fun activities to bring this message to life. This lesson reviews the key themes presented in previous lessons. Lesson includes teacher background info, discussion questions, and class activities with grade-specific variations for JK-Grade 5.

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TEACHER GUIDE

Information and direction to support teachers using Dress Purple Classroom Resources, including how to use the lessons and activities, how to respond to a disclosure from a child, and Duty to Report.

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1. Introduction

2. About Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM)

3. About Dress Purple Day

4. Why engage students and schools on Dress Purple Day?

5. Dress Purple Day Classroom Resources: How the lessons work

6. Information about Duty to Report

7. Information about child abuse and neglect

8. Responding to a child who makes a disclosure

9. Information about the reporting process for teachers

10. Children’s Aid Can Help: How your call helps to support children and families

Dress Purple Classroom Resources produced by OACAS with the support of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre and Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society.