NOTE: This lesson offers multiple opportunities. Use it to address such character concerns as these, to name a few:
name-calling, unkind or cruel talk, and gossip
This lesson works well as either demonstration or hands-on. Choose the one that fits your time constraints and location.
Demonstration – requires toothpaste, a paper plate, and toothpicks.
– Show a tube of toothpaste. It need not be a full or fresh tube, but be sure it has several inches of toothpaste left in it. Colorful toothpaste is showy, but white can convey the lesson.
– Place the toothpaste on the table with the plate.
– Talk briefly about nice words and mean words. Ask listeners to show with silent faces how they feel when someone says nice words to them or about them. Then ask listeners to show with silent faces how they feel when someone says mean words to them or about them. Tell your listeners that words are like toothpaste.
– Choose two volunteers to come forward and help you.
– Hand the toothpaste tube to one volunteer, and tell him or her, “When I say ‘go’, I want you to squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube until I say ‘stop’. Squeeze it as fast as you can, […]