My Mouth is a Volcano!

Do you know a student who BLURTS OUT in class? One who has a hard time containing his thoughts and opinions? He might be like Louis, the main character in My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook. Louis's words are so important that they cannot be contained. They ERUPT from his mouth like lava from a volcano. 

Story Synopsis: All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano! My Mouth Is A Volcano takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time. Told from Louis’ perspective, this story provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the value of respecting others by listening and waiting for their turn to speak.

You can buy the book on Amazon here --> My Mouth is a Volcano

I love this story and the message it presents. To supplement the book and simplify your lesson planning, I have created a packet of print-and-go activities for you:

This Resource Includes:
•Story Summarizing Graphic Organizer - give your students practice identifying important story elements
•Volcanic Verbs Cards (12) –print, cut, laminate and display these twelve vivid verbs from the story. 
I have also included a blank page for you to add more verbs, if you’d like.
•Volcanic Verbs Graphic Organizer
•Hunting for Hyperbole Activity
•Once Upon a Time…Writing Activity: A creative writing prompt that asks the students to highlight important words by writing them in a different way (colors, squiggly font, all caps, etc.) just like the author did.

•Before & After Writing Activity: A visual of Mom's lesson from the book - erupting words vs. breathing them in until it's your turn to speak.
•Don’t Erupt Reminder Cards (6 per page) –print, cut, and put on each students’ desk as a reminder not to interrupt
•Breathe It In Sticker Chart (6 per page) –print, cut, and put on each students’ desk, Every time they wait their turn to speak, give them a sticker to put in a box (or draw a smiley face). When they have reached 10 filled boxes, they earn a prize.

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Bible-Based Classroom Values

Setting the tone in your classroom is vital for a successful school year. As the teacher, you want to clearly communicate your expectations for how your students should behave. Many classrooms are focused on outward behavior modification. But as a Christian teacher, I was always concerned about heart transformation. 

One thing I created to cultivate a biblical classroom community was these Classroom Value cards. More than just a cute display, these cards serve an important purpose in encouraging our students to develop godly character. 

Ideas for the classroom:

  • Display these on your wall and discuss what each character trait means. 
  • Have your students give practical examples of what it looks like to live these character traits out on a daily basis. 
  • Divide your students into groups and have them look up the Bible references that correspond with each value.
  • Give each student a copy of the Bible-Based Classroom Values >At a Glance< printable and have them sign it as a pledge that they will seek to demonstrate these biblical character traits.
  • Give out awards each month (or quarter or year) to students who have demonstrated the different values.
This resource is provided in black and white to save ink. Have your students color the pages or print on colorful paper to make the display POP!

Cultivate a biblical classroom community with these print-and-go Bible Classroom Value Cards

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