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''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
- Put students into groups of 3-4.
- Give each group poster board and markers to work with.
- Instruct each group to make a poster warning people not to get tattle tongue.
- Each poster should include:
- Definition and explanation of tattle tongue.
- Ideas for how to avoid getting tattle tongue.
- Pictures showing what tattling tongue looks like (as illustrated in the book).
- A creative title at the top.
- Allow time for students to work in their groups.
- Let each group share their posters with the class.
Materials: writing paper with room for students to also draw a picture, pencils, crayons or colored pencils
- As a whole class, hold a discussion about the book. Call on random students to help give a complete summary of the story.
- Put students in pairs.
- Give each pair a piece of paper to write/draw, pencils, and crayons or colored pencils.
- On their writing paper, have each group write a summary of the story. Encourage each group to make their summary at least five sentences long.
- Along with their summaries, encourage each group to also draw a picture that illustrates their summary.
- When finished, have each group title their work with both the name of the book and its author.
- Let each pair share their summary with the class.
Tattle Tongue T-Chart
Materials: drawing paper, pencils
- As a whole class, begin a discussion on the differences between tattling and telling. Call for several examples from students.
- On the board, draw a large T-chart. Label one side ''Tattling'' and the other ''Telling.''
- As students share examples of each, write some of their ideas in the appropriate parts of the T-chart.
- Next, give each student a piece of drawing paper and a pencil.
- Ask students to copy the T-chart from the board onto their drawing paper. Be sure they draw an appropriate T-chart, label it, and write in the examples that you have already put on the board.
- Next, put students in pairs.
- With their partners, have students add additional examples to each side of their T-chart. Each student should add to their own chart, but they can discuss and share ideas with their partner.
- When complete, let each pair share their finished T-charts with the class.
Paper Plate Tattle Tongue Face
Materials: white paper plates, drawing paper, markers or colored pencils, scissors, glue, camera or some method of taking a picture, a large piece of paper that says ''Don't Get Tattle Tongue!''
- Give each student a white paper plate, drawing paper, and markers or colored pencils.
- Instruct students to use the paper plates to draw their own face. Encourage them to try their best to make the paper plate face look as much like themselves as possible.
- On the drawing paper, have students draw a tattle tongue.
- With scissors and glue, let students cut out their tattle tongues and glue them to their paper plate faces.
- Group students somewhere in the room holding their tattle tongue paper plate faces in front of their own faces. Have one student also hold up the sign that says, ''Don't Get Tattle Tongue!.''
- Take a picture of the group and hang the picture somewhere in the room where students will be able to look at it as a reminder.
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