September 8, 2012

Blurt Chart Freebie!!!

I'm thrilled to share this freebie with you today
because its been SO helpful in my first grade
classroom!

I first saw the idea for a "blurt chart" on Dana's blog.
After searching a little more, I found several teachers
who mentioned this book, My Mouth Is A Volcano by
 Julia Cook.
 

I LOVE this book! It explains so well for kids how others feel
when they get interrupted and why its disrespectful.
My firsties really liked the book too and loved how the
author compares someone blurting out to a volcano erupting!
They thought that was very cool. :)

So, I read this book to my students and then explained and implemented
my blurt chart.


When a student interrupts, I'll tell them to take a volcano
down. You wouldn't believe how much this decreased the blurting
our first day using it!
At the end of the day, they get a star ticket {our school-wide behavior
system} for each volcano they have left.
They love this part!
 
To create your own blurt chart, you need poster board,
ruler, marker, velcro, and the graphics of the title
and volcanoes.
You can grab my freebie of the graphics I used for my
blurt chart below. 
 
First, I added the title and then used my ruler and sharpie
to draw all the lines and numbers.
I laminated the posterboard for durability and to use
year after year.
Then I added the velcro to the board and the little volcano
graphics I had copied onto colored paper and laminated.
I used an overhead projector marker to write in their
names, so I can easily clean off and use again.
 
Click on the pic below if you'd like to use
my freebie!
 
 
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11 comments:

  1. Love the book and this chart. Thanks

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  2. I think I'm going to need this idea this year! Thanks for this idea!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

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  3. I need this with the ones I have this year! Thanks for sharing.
    Teachin' First

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  4. I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower!! I love Love Love your blurt chart. I have that book and I will be making this, this week. What a GREAT idea!
    ஐRikki

    The Hive

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  5. I just posted about your great blurt chart on my blog if you want to check it out!
    http://hive2nd.blogspot.com/2012/09/classroom-management.html

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  6. Thank you! What a great idea!!
    I will be implementing this on Monday!

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  7. What font did you use for the blurt chart letters- it is adorable!

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  8. Thanks for the freebie! But hey, do you think this will work with 3.5-4 yrs. old children?

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  9. Love your idea! Question though, what do you do if they run out of volcanos? I can see myself coming across that quite frequently, so I wonder what you do? Or maybe this will fix it quite well.

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