My Mouth is a Volcano

A discussion about interrupting others sets the stage for a lesson all about respecting others when speaking. Scholars listen to the story, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook, then brainstorm ways an individual can keep from interrupting someone. Small groups role-play a scenario in two ways. A reflection sheds light on participants' new-found knowledge. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Create an anchor chart that lists brainstorming ideas—encourage pupils to reference it throughout the day as a reminder not interrupt teachers or peers 
  • Record participants role-playing scenarios then show recordings to the class
  • Keep an eye out for those that exhibit polite conversational skills, reward them as you see fit 
Classroom Considerations
  • Scenarios should be made before conducting the lesson
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Pros
  • The lesson promotes positive social behavior 
  • Boosts listening and speaking skills 
  • Skills acquired benefit class members now in the future
Cons
  • None