*Tattling and Reporting*
As educators and parents, the last thing we want to do is make children feel as though they cannot come to an adult for help. However, tattling can turn into a theme in the classroom, and it negatively impacts the classroom community/environment. This lesson helps children differentiate between tattling and reporting a more serious event.
Print out the “what is it,” the “tattling/reporting,” and the blue scenario papers.
Explain what the difference is between tattling and making a report. Then, give each student a worksheet. To see if they get the hang of it, tell them to cut along the dotted lines and paste each scenario under “tattling” or “reporting.”
When everyone is done, go over it together.
The same day, or the next day, review the concepts of tattling and reporting by putting the “tattling” title and the “reporting” title up on the board/wall (you should just need a small piece of tape- this way you can reuse the activity year after year).
Above the “tattling” and “reporting” titles, put the “what is it?” title.
Randomly pass out the blue scenario cards. Give each student a chance to come up and place their card under the “tattling” or “reporting” column.
Go over the answers after each student goes, or go over all of the answers at the end.
To keep the theme going, every time a student tattles, ask them “are you tattling or are you making a report? When they actively seek help for a more severe situation, praise them for making the report.