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Eighth-grade students are going through physical, social, and emotional growth spurts. They want to try new things and are interested in how things work. The research-based Second Step program provides much-needed lessons on self-esteem, being a good friend, stereotypes, bullying on dates, substance abuse prevention, and keeping commitments. Students wrap up their middle school years with the skills they need for a successful transition to high school.

Coming August 2017: The New Second Step Middle School Program


View the full Grade 8 scope and sequence (PDF)

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Second Step Grade 8 Classroom Kit $429

Included in the Classroom Kit

  • 13 lessons
  • Lesson Companion DVD
  • 3 posters
  • Academic Integration Activities
  • Homework and Family Letters
  • Formative and summative assessments
  • 22 student handouts

Lesson Topics

Grade 8 lessons are taught once a week and take 50 minutes or can be taught in two parts of 25 minutes each, either option with minimal prep time.
Empathy and Communication
  • Working in Groups
  • Leaders and Allies
  • Handling a Grievance
  • Negotiating and Compromising
Bullying Prevention
  • Bullying in Friendships
  • Labels, Stereotypes, and Prejudice
  • Bullying in Dating Relationships
Emotion Management
  • De-escalating a Tense Situation
  • Coping with Stress
Goal Setting
  • Making Your Plan
  • Evaluating Your Plan
Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Identifying Future Goals
  • Keeping Your Commitment

Middle School Program Overview

More Content Online!

  • Teaching instructions
  • Writable student handouts and homework
  • Digital versions of support materials
  • Lesson-prep videos
  • Video-based staff training
  • Videos for staff and families

“What I like about the Second Step program is that it helps kids get through their school year without being bullied and find friends and with fitting in and just having a good time in school.”

Kevin, Eighth-Grade Student
Burien, WA

Call to order the Second Step program: 800-634-4449


Lesson 6: Bullying Prevention: Labels, Stereotypes, and Prejudice

“Real Voices” Video Excerpt

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