Teach your students about the POWER OF WORDS with this thought-provoking lesson using tooth paste and tooth brushes.
These speech bubbles are in black and white for ink-friendly printing - I copied them on bright colorful paper to make them pop!
This FREE download includes two resources - one PDF with the pre-written speech bubbles and one Power Point presentation with the editable speech bubbles (full directions included).
Each year around this time (still early in the school year but far into enough that I've started to get to know my students and can speak frankly to them) I plan for this oh-so-important lesson on the power of words.
I start out my telling my students that I am going to tell them a big lie.
They start giggling but sit quietly, waiting for what I'm about to say.
Then I quote:
"Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words will never hurt me."
I begin the illustration like this:
Each time you speak, you words come out like toothpaste.
I walk around the classroom and talk, squirting toothpaste messily out onto a cookie sheet as I go.
I say sarcastic comments, "funny" jokes at someone else's expense, insults, thoughtless comments, etc. as I squeeze it all over the place.
Then I pull out the toothbrushes.
Each tooth brush has a sign attached to it:
“It was a joke”
“I didn’t mean it.”
And I try to use the toothbrushes to get the toothpaste neatly back in the tube.
But it never works.
In the end, we're still left with a mess:
Thus proving my point:
Words have power.
Words have weight.
Words make a lasting impact.
Resource created by Jessica Lawler
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