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 “think before you speak.” In this lesson, we’ll focus on modeling what we should think in our head and what we can say out loud, and we include a Think Before You Speak Poster for your classroom as a daily reminder.
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 responsible for the things you say but also you’re responsible if those things you say hurt someone else.”
* Hand out Think It? Or Say It? Worksheet *
Prompt: “Today we’re going to review some words and decide if they should stay in our head or if it is okay to say them outloud.” Read the directions on the worksheet and do one together.
* Allow students 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.