Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal

At this point in the school year, I am sure you are in survival mode by now... Just trying to make it to Christmas break!  I wanted to share one of my favorite lessons with you that is perfect for using at the start of a school year or anytime throughout when students need a lesson on the difference between tattling and reporting.  This lesson can come in handy when the classroom becomes more chaotic in anticipation for a break as well.

Have you read the story Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ranson?  You can find it on Amazon (affiliate link) by clicking the picture.
This is an adorable story that helps children understand when they need to talk to each other to work out a problem and when they need to call for a grown-up to help.  I love this story so much that I created a Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal Unit in my shop that can be used after reading the story.

First up, is a scenario sort.  Students will sort different situations based on whether they are a "squeal" or a "big deal".  

After discussing "Squeals" and "Big Deals" as a whole group.  I have students respond through a craft and writing activity.  Students cut and paste a simple pig craft and then draw and/or write an example of a Squeal and a Big Deal.  There are 4 different levels of writing pages included.  

After your students finish the craft and writing activity, I am sure you will want to display their work!  So I included letters for your bulletin board that read, Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal!
If you want to see more about what is included in this resource, click here.

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