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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Word Squeeze

I love words! I always have. You know on Inside the Actor's Studio when he asks celebrities what their favorite word is: I would never be able to choose just one. I think the words people use can tell a lot about them. The message I wanted to get across to my students was-choose your words wisely.

I showed my students this video-also a suggestion from Terri over at Engage Their Minds (can you tell I find a lot of great resources to inspire me over there!) : http://engagetheirminds.wordpress.com . I loved their reaction-they did the same thing I did-they kept asking "what did she write?!". Completely engaged!



I got this idea from another blogger: http://mrsoknows.blogspot.com

I had the kids work in groups to squeeze all the toothpaste out of their tubes and then try to put it back in with toothpicks. That obviously doesn't work-but man, they were trying! :) Then we came back and talked about how once you say words to someone, you can't take them back-it's out there. If you say something mean that may stay in someone's memory for a long time--maybe even forever.



I think they had fun and ended up making a good connection at the same time. :)



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7 comments :

  1. I adore that video AND your idea. I am off to get little toothpaste tubes at Rite Aide. Thank you so much. This reminds me of Ramona the Pest.

    Kimberley

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    1. Thank you Kimberley! They really did have fun with it. That's funny about Ramona. :)

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  2. What an absolutely fabulous tie-in to the video! I am always amazed by the connections you make!

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    1. Thank you very much Terri--you are too kind! They are constantly asking to watch the video-I think it struck a nerve with them. :)

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  3. Oh my goodness. That brought tears to my eyes.
    Thanks for sharing the video and toothpaste lesson. I'm doing them both.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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    1. Awww, thanks Barb! Next we're using your suggestion of the book "Each Kindness"!

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  4. We used this Power of Words clip at a staff training and it was such a powerful reminder! Looks like your kiddos had fun with that toothpaste ... and I'll bet your room smelled minty-clean!

    Smiles,

    Barbara

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