THINK Theodore - tattle vs. reporting
THINK Theodore … a social story unit: Tattling vs. Telling
Do you have a student who constantly tattles? This student thinks she is the eyes and ears in the back of your head! This student thinks you couldn’t protect and teach without his assistance! Or maybe you have a class full of tattlers and you are ready to pull your hair out! Instead of making a list of things to report and things not to report, this social story teaches kids the THINK strategy to help them discern what to report and what not to report. The instructional story in this unit will model how to THINK, then the personalized story and accompanying worksheet will allow your student or class to work through the strategy practicing discernment.
In the zip folder you will find a comprehensive unit including two files:
File 1: THINK Theodore – tattling vs. telling .zip
★ Instructional Story
★ Fill-in-the-blank Personalized Story
★ THINK Poster
★ Personal Award Certificate
★ Class Award Certificate
★ Art & Font Credits
★ Letter to the Teacher with Reasons why kids tattle
★ THINK it Through worksheet (Note: we did not provide an answer key because we suggest talking through the worksheet. Listening to kids answers for why they selected what they did sheds light as to their current discernment and gives you discussion opportunities to teach more discernment.)
★ Design your own poster to keep in locker or at desk
★ Individual Behavior Contract / Progress monitoring graph
★ Class Behavior Contract / Progress monitoring graph
Table of Contents:
File 1: THINK Theodore – tattling vs. telling
Page 1: Unit Cover page
Page 2-26: Instructional Social Story
Page 27-51: Personalized Social Story
Page 52: THINK Poster
Page 53: Personal Award
Page 54: Class Award
Page 55: Credits
File 2: TPT THINK extras
Page 1: Letter to the Teacher
Page 2: THINK it Through worksheet
Page 3: Design your own poster
Page 4: Individual Behavior Contract / Progress Monitoring chart
Page 5: Class Behavior Contract / Progress Monitoring chart
Recommendations for using this unit:
Instructional Story - Put in page protectors in a three ring binder to reference over and over again.
Customizable Story - After reading the instructional story, allow the child to work through the story again inserting their thoughts and feelings. Allow this version to travel with the child to other classes or even home so parents can use the same strategies.
Class Poster - post in places where children will see and be reminded. Have an aspiring artist or students who love to doodle? Use the Design your own Poster -
Behavior Contracts / Progress Monitoring - Use this as a behavior contract OR progress monitoring OR both. Couple this with Awards and incentives because research tells us that consequences stop bad behavior but rewards change behavior!
Letter to the Teacher - Sometimes before you can change a behavior you have to understand the behavior. This is some of what we learned while researching and preparing to write this book.
THINK it through worksheet - We suggest you use this as a discussion guide more than a worksheet. Listening to your students answers and thought process will aid you in future teaching.