Saturday, December 29, 2012

Buckets and Tattling

When we return to school, I have big plans for teaching some conflict resolution skills and the difference between tattling and telling.  After winter break, I usually review the rules and being nice to one another, but I think that this year’s class will need a little extra review!  They are not a bad class by any means, they just have a little difficulty getting along. So….

We are going to begin bucket filling! I have done this in years past and I am not really sure why I didn’t start it from the beginning of the year, but it’s better late than never!  I am setting mine up so that each student has a cup to hold their warm fuzzies.  They get warm fuzzies each time that they fill someone’s bucket.  At the end of each week I plan to give them PAWS (our school reward system) for each warm fuzzy they have in their bucket.  I picked up my warm fuzzies at the Dollar Tree!  What a great find!

If you don’t know what bucket filling is, check it out! There is a copy of the book on YouTube!

I also created this telling vs. tattling minilesson.  First graders have such a difficult time understanding the difference between tattling and telling.  I created several posters to help them with understanding the difference.  It also includes three sorts in with the students have to decide if the situation is tattling or telling.  Believe it or not, most of the situations are ones that I hear in my classroom on a regular basis!  And there is also a worksheet for students to draw a picture of an example of telling and an example of tattling.

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Oh, AMEN to that! I'm going to show my sweeties this video to get the ball rolling on this discussion.

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