Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tackling the Tattling

Has anyone else had enough with tattling? I know this issue seems to pop up every year, but this particular class of kinders is full of tattlers. I have been doing everything I can to discourage tattling, but it just isn't working. So...I just bought two new books about tattling that will hopefully help me out.
The first book I found about tattling is called A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue. It is about a little boy who tattles so much that his mom tells him he will catch "tattle tongue" and his tongue will turn yellow with purple spots if he keeps it up. Thankfully, after a visit from the Tattle Prince, the boy is able to learn the rules about tattling and get his behavior under control. Even if parts of the books seem a little silly, I think the kids will really like this. There are lots of examples of tattling in the book that make it clear when it is okay to tell the teacher and when it is just tattling. I think I might copy this book's tattling rules onto poster board and implement them with my class!

The second book I found about tattling is called Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales. It's about a classroom of little pigs and their teacher who has had enough with their "squealing" - I can totally relate. The teacher eventually teaches the class the difference between when something is a "big deal" and it is okay to come to her and when something is a "kid-sized problem" that the kids can work out themselves. I think after reading this book to my kiddos I might have them work with me to create a list of "big deals" vs. "kid-sized problems" and then we can role play ways to solve the "kid-sized problems."

If you have any other great book recommendations of books that deal with tattling or other classroom behavior issues let me know!


  1. Let me know if it works. I think it's the time of year. Even the shy kids who barely talk to me are tattling now.

  2. I don't have either of these books. We reread our Bucket Filling book because we had some serious dripping going on. Perhaps, it is just "that time of year". Glad to hear from you again.

  3. Thank you for these book suggestions!
    Apples and ABC's

  4. I was going to recommend the Bad Case of Tattle Tongue book. I used it last year when I was in the classroom and my students loved it and would often refer back to it when dealing with tattling issues. I also made a poster with the rules and a giant tattle tongue to refer back to throughout the year. Other teachers, grades K-2, borrowed it and loved it as well. Great choice! If you have a chance, check out my blog. I gave you a Tippy Tuesday shout out.


  5. We read the tattle tongue book at the beginning of the year-because I really can't stand tattling. It worked great! I have never read the other one but now I want to find it.

  6. Our guidance counselor read those books to my class earlier in the year and it seemed to help at the time. I think it's probably time for a refresher though. Something about spring fever and tattling.

  7. I am so getting these books. My kids needs a refresher!!

  8. I'm trying my hardest to answer any student who is about to tattle with "is anyone hurt or crying?" If not, "you don't need to tell me."

    Last week I had gems like "so-and-so said a bad word to so-and-so!" "What did they say?" "cookie" or "shoe".. goodness!!

  9. I recently wrote a similar post about these books. Check out my post to see more books on this topic.

    2nd Grade Rocks!

  10. Thanks so much for sharing! It's nice just to know you are not alone in the tattle tidal waves. I literally have to give them 2 minutes after lunch to just get it all out of their system because they walk out full of tales. Mine are hooked on bad words too, yesterday it was a really horrible one...boyfriend! :)