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KB tries out for the soccer team but has a hard time when Cassandra keeps trying to make her look bad in front of Coach.
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Question 1: Cassandra was up to no good on the soccer field. What two mean things did she do to her teammate, KB?
A) She stole the ball away from KB just as KB was about to kick it.
Yup. What else did she do?
B) She tripped KB and sent her flying into the mud.
Right. Really nice, huh? What else did Cassandra do to KB?
C) She stole KB’s lucky socks.
No, but she may get around to doing that tomorrow!
Question 2: Why do you think Coach Cruncher didn’t tell Cassandra to stop picking on KB?
A) He doesn’t like KB.
I don’t think so. Try another answer.
B) Coach Cruncher probably didn’t see the mean things that Cassandra did to KB.
I agree. Cassandra was pretty sneaky. Sometimes it is hard for adults to spot bullying, so it is best if you bring it to their attention.
C) He doesn’t care who’s picking on whom, as long as the team wins.
He does want the team to win, but I know Coach Cruncher, and I don’t think he’d be very happy if he knew what Cassandra was up to.
Question 3: Besides KB, who do you think was feeling pretty bad at the end of soccer tryouts?
A) Coach Cruncher — he’s worried that he’ll have a bad team this year.
Hmmm. I don’t think so. Try again.
B) Mimi — She’s probably still worried about the stain on her shirt.
Maybe…but try another answer.
C) Melanie — She wasn’t thrilled about Cassandra picking on KB.
I agree. How could you tell?
Question 4: What could KB have done about Cassandra’s behavior on the soccer field?
A) She could have fought back by tripping Cassandra when Coach Cruncher wasn’t looking.
Not a good idea. Besides, I know Cassandra…and that would have made things worse.
B) She could have stopped the game and explained to Coach Cruncher what Cassandra did to her.
Yes, although it might be tough to do this smack in the middle of the try-outs. What else could KB have done?
C) She could have waited until after practice and then talked with Coach Cruncher about Cassandra.
I think this is a good strategy. What else could KB have done?
D) She could have told her Mom later about what happened and asked her advice about what to do.
I agree. Her Mom seems pretty understanding. What else could KB have done?
Question 5: Let’s say KB decided to talk with Coach Cruncher after the game about Cassandra’s behavior. What do you think she should say?
A) “Coach, Cassandra is a real jerk. You just can’t let her on the team.”
I don’t think Coach would be very happy to hear KB call Cassandra a “jerk.” Besides, she needs to tell Coach exactly what happened. Try again.
B) “Coach, I don’t think you saw what happened today, but Cassandra seems to be out to get me. She stole the ball from me and tripped me on purpose.”
Sounds good to me. How do you think Coach Cruncher would respond?
C) “Coach, if you tell me one more time to ‘be a team player,’ I think I’ll scream!”
KB may be feeling this way, but she should probably keep those thoughts to herself. It might make Coach a bit steamed. Besides, she didn’t say anything about how Cassandra acted during tryouts. Try again.