Grade: Elementary
Subject: other

#2951. The Tattle Tail Tale

other, level: Elementary
Posted Wed Oct 8 06:40:08 PDT 2003 by Tandy Braid (
Materials Required: Book The Tattle Tail Tale, by Tandy Braid, coloring sheet, questions regarding the reading, 2 chairs
Activity Time: 30 minute
Concepts Taught: Tattling vs Reporting

Lesson Objectives: Children will be able to determine if something is a tattle or a report.

Materials Needed: Book, The Tattle Tail Tale, by Tandy Braid, coloring sheet (available upon request of email), two chairs, questions regarding reading, signs with word "tattle" and "report" written on them.

Anticipatory set: Tell childrne that tattling can cause different problems in the classroom and that today they are going to learn the difference between tattling and reporting. When a person tattles their goal is to get someone else into trouble. When someone reports, their goal is to prevent soomeone from getting hurt. Explain to children that the story you are going to read to them is about a little girl named Matilda with a big problem.

Read story aloud to children.
Follow up with questions about the reading.
1. What was Matilda McFaddle's problem?
2. Who came to the children's rescue?
3. Who should we leave in charge to handle problems as they see fit?
4. What happened to Matilda McFaddle as a result of her tattling all the time?
5. When you tattle do oyu make more friends or less friends?
6. Does tattling sometimes interrupt your class activities?
7. When is it important to report?
8. What is the difference between tattling and reporting?
9. Why do you think Matilda no longer chooses to tattle?

The Tattle Tail Tale Game-
Divide the class into two teams.Explain to students that you are going to read them a question, they have to determine if it is a tattle or a report and go to that chair. Whoever is correct gets a point for their team.

Michelle fell down on the playground (R)
Danny won't play with me (T)
Julie's trying to trip me (R)
Randy has a knife (R)
Joey ran out into the street (R)
Noah dropped his pencil (T)
Johnny skipped in line (T)
Charlie is talking about beating Mike up afterschool (R)
Glen's throwing rocks (R)
Ashley's throwing leaves (T)

Hand out coloring sheet to students available for free email author at