A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

'A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue,' by Julia Cook, is a delightful story about tattling that teachers can use to teach an important lesson. The activities below can be used to help students truly connect with this story.

''A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue''

''A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue'' is a clever book that helps teachers explain the problems with tattling. After reading the book to your class, a great way to really make the lesson of the story stick is to involve students in a variety of activities that will get them thinking about what they have read and learned. The activities below, created for use with elementary students, have been designed to help students make connections with the book and carry the meaning behind the story with them.

Tattling Versus Telling

Materials: white construction paper, markers or colored pencils

  • Begin with a class discussion on the differences between tattling and telling. Discuss reasons when it is appropriate to tell and examples of when it is tattling, not telling.
  • Put students into groups of 3-4.
  • Give each group a piece of white construction paper and some markers or colored pencils.
  • Demonstrate for students how to create a large Venn diagram on their papers (with the papers turned horizontally).
  • Next, have each group label the first circle in their diagram ''Tattling'' and the second circle ''Telling.''
  • Now, have each group fill in their Venn diagram. Be sure they include:
    • Definitions for both tattling and telling.
    • Examples of each.
    • At least one thing that they both have in common.
  • Encourage students to use color and illustrations to make their Venn diagrams creative and visually appealing.
  • When complete, let each group share and explain their diagrams to the class.

Tattle Tongue Warning Poster

Materials: poster board (1 piece for each of several groups), markers

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