To be honest, it can be hysterical to hear a child say something they shouldn’t. But when they say something that hurts someone else’s feelings, it may be time to explain the old “think before you speak.”
In this lesson, we’ll focus on modeling what we should think only in our head and what we should actually say out loud.
Prompt: “Sometimes we say things without thinking them through, and our words may not be appropriate. They may hurt someone’s feelings, or it may not be the right time to talk. Learning to think before we speak is important, not only because you are accountable for the things you say but also you’re accountable if those things you say hurt someone else.”
* Take some time for questions & discussion from students *
* Hand out Think It? Or Say It? Worksheet *
Prompt: “Today we’re going to review some words and decide if they should remain in our head or if it is okay to say them outloud.” Read the directions on the worksheet and do one together.
* Give students time to complete the worksheet *
After students complete the worksheet, continue the lesson by hanging the THINK Before You Speak poster somewhere in the room.
Prompt: This poster will help us remember to think about something before we say it out loud. Let’s go through this together.
* Read the poster *
T– is it true?
H– is it helpful?
I– it is inspiring?
N – is it necessary?
K– is it kind?
- Emotion Regulation Skills Activity: Think It, Say It
- Print this poster (letter, legal) for your classroom and use it as a reminder for your students.