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Think Before You Speak

We’ve all heard the phrase “kids say the darndest things!”

When I was teaching K-5, I certainly got my fair share of unfiltered questions or statements from students.

“Ms. Woods, what’s that big red spot on your face??”
“I have a pimple sweetie. It’s fine.”

“Ewwww Ms. Woods, what’s all that stuff on top of your pizza?”
“….Vegetables. They’re tasty!”

think before you speak

These were of course funny moments, and my students were simply curious. Their lack of filters became more problematic, though, when talking to each other. A child pointing out my pimple doesn’t bother me, but these kind of things can be damaging when said between students.

In this activity, students will sort statements and questions into “Think it” or “Say it” columns. After students complete the activity, discuss with them why the “think it” statements may hurt others’ feelings. And as an extension activity, consider having students rewrite the statements in that column in a way that would make them okay to say out loud!


think it vs say it worksheet

Download the printable here.

Communication Skills for Kids - Communication Activity helps kids filter thoughts before they speak


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