This is a classroom management tool to help with an overly talkative class, or for individual students who have trouble with talking at inappropriate times. It is also a great incentive to add to your classroom management system toward the end of the school year when chattiness might be reaching an all-time high.
Detailed teacher guidelines and tools are provided for a lesson on when it is okay and not okay to talk in the classroom, and WHY.
“Catch a bubble”- to not talk, as if they have a bubble in their mouth
“Pop a bubble”- to talk, as if they’re pretending the bubble has popped
When given specific scenarios, students decide which category they fall into and sort/display them on the provided poster. For example, “when the teacher is giving directions” would go on the “catch a bubble” side. Pre-made cards are included, but you can easily customize the scenarios with sticky notes or by writing directly on a laminated poster.
“Catch a Bubble” cards and matching posters are also included. Whenever students talk at an inappropriate time, they “pop” one of their 5 bubbles by crossing it out with a whiteboard marker. These cards can be displayed on the poster, or taped onto students’ individual desks. You might choose to reward students who still have unpopped bubbles by the end of the week with the chance to chew bubble gum during a designated time in class! If there is a student who does not like bubble gum or is not allowed to have bubble gum per parents, etc., you can give those students an alternative reward.
With this download, you also get “Oops, I Popped a Bubble” slips. You might choose to have a student fill out this slip whenever they pop a bubble or if they have popped all 5 bubbles, etc. It can be used as a self-reflection, a jumping-off point for a teacher/student conversation, etc. For students who are repeat offenders, you could opt to send it home to be signed by a parent.
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