In this emotion regulation skills activity, students will practice filtering thoughts, deciding whether they should “think it,” keeping the thought to themselves, or “say it” out loud.

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

think before you speak

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!”

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. To add to this activity, consider having students rewrite the statements in that column in a way that would make them okay to say out loud!

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