When kids get excited about something that is on their mind it is very hard to stop them from blurting it out! Sometimes teachers are in the middle of a sentence when students just HAVE to say something. This is TOTALLY NORMAL for children because they learn from talking out loud. It can also be very distracting for other children in the classroom who are trying to learn.
Here are a list of books that you can use to talk to your class about blurting out!
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Lacey Walker Non stop Talker by Christianne Jones
Sometimes we have those students who just always have something to say. They LOVE to talk. Those students are going to relate to Lacey Walker who likes to talk all day and all night. One day Lacey loses her voice and she learns how important it is to listen.
This is an important lesson for students to learn in any Kindergarten or 1st grade classroom. Students need to know the reason why they need to limit their talking in class as well as when is the right time they can talk.
My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
This book is amazing for giving words to the way children feel about blurting out in class. In the book My Mouth is a Volcano we follow a little boy named Louis who has a lot of important thoughts that he wants to share all the time. When he has something to say his tummy rumbles, his tongue wiggles and jiggles and his mouth erupts like a volcano!
This book gives children come very helpful tips on how to keep their thoughts to themselves until there is an appropriate time to tell them. I read this book to my students and the rest of the year if someone would blurt out I would tell them not to have a “volcano mouth.”
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Little chicken is going to bed and his Father wants to read him a story. Whenever his Father is telling his story little chicken can’t help but interrupt. Now little chicken wants to tell a story but can he make it through his story without his Father interrupting?
This is a great book for children to understand what it is like when someone interrupts you when you are talking. It is a great way to open the conversation of blurting out in class and how you can solve it as a group.
Decibella and Her 6 Inch Voice by Julia Cook
Isabella shouts every thought, feeling, and idea that pops into her head. She is so loud when she talks that they give her the nickname Decibella. When Isabella interrupts the class she talks over students and irritates others. Isabella does not know when she should use different voice levels when. Isabella learns the 5 levels of voice
This book will help any student K-6 learn about classroom voice levels and how to cope with blurting out in class.
What if Everyone Did that? by Ellen Javernick
What if everybody broke the rules … and spoke during story time, didn’t wash up, or splashed too much at the pool? Then the world would be a mess. If everyone followed the rules and did their best then the world will be a better place.
This is a great book to teach students WHY they should follow the rules and procedures of the classroom.
I hope you found this list helpful to use in your classroom. Let me know if you use another book to discuss blurting out in class. I would LOVE to know and add it to the list!