Kids will learn the difference between tattling and telling with these super fun tattling vs telling worksheets that you can easily print AND use in a matter of minutes. Get FREE posters, reading worksheets and task cards in this post!
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What is tattling?
The reason for tattling is a way to get adults involved in the situation and to help, sometimes it’s just for the attention. The goal of tattling is to stop the behavior by telling an adult or another kid about it.
It’s important to note that teaching kids about tattling is important because it teaches them that they have a voice, and that they can use it to speak up for themselves or for others when they are being bullied.
Kids should be taught that tattling on someone who is being mean or bullying someone else will not result in them being friends with the person who was tattled on.
Tattling VS Telling Kindergarten
My favorite books on teaching kids the difference between tattling and telling:
In fact, the person who was tattle might feel angry and betrayed by the person who told on them.
So it’s important that kids know this before they decide to tattle on someone.
Why should kids learn the difference between tattling and telling?
Kids should be taught that tattling does not make the person who is being bullied feel any better; and that it’s very likely to make them feel worse.
Kids should be encouraged to talk with an adult if they are being bullied, or have been victimized by someone else in order to find a solution.
I love the way Fun a Day outlined some super easy ways to deal with tattling behavior.
I also LOVE the way Pre-k Pages addressed in her post about tattling; and why we should teach this skill explicitly to kids.
Tattling VS Telling Poster
Sometimes, kids need direct instructions and visuals to help them learn more about when to tattle and when to report.
Below, I’ll outline some FREE resources you can use to help your kids understand the difference between tattling and reporting.
The first resource is one that I’ve created in one bundle to target several tattling vs reporting skills and teaching materials.
Get this printable report something poster + bundle of tattling activities via my shop on TPT.
I love this resource from Kelly Witt, it includes some prompt cards where kids will identify whether you should be reporting this behavior or not.
A super cute poster which you can use in your own classroom – I think this poster is perfect for K-2 classrooms.
I love this tattling vs telling sort from First Grade Maestra.
One of my favorite ways to incoporate learning in the preschool classroom is to have cut and paste printable activities.
This activity is in the Tattling Bundle, kids will cut and paste the speech bubbles inside the ‘tattle monster’.
Finally, these printable reading worksheets will help kids identify the difference between tattling and reporting.
The worksheets are designed to be used in pre-k to kinder as they are written in an easy format.
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