Teaching my second grade students about managing their thoughts and words took time. We had to remind one another a lot, but eventually they (mostly) conquered the habit of interrupting. My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook provided an entertaining technique.
“Hey! That reminds me of one ti…”
“Judah, what do you do when your volcano is erupting?”
“I bite down hard, take a deep breath, and push my words through my nose.”
“Yes, and when it’s your turn to talk, you can let the words out.
Thank you, Judah.”
There are lots of ways to extend the story. You could start by showing this YouTube video that I made of myself reading My Mouth Is a Volcano aloud.
I always recommend buying the book. When you read it again and again at the reading carpet, or with students at their desks as you circulate the room, it makes it so easy to talk about the story with your students. Students are more likely to absorb it when they hear it from the teacher. Reading aloud helps build relationships. Buy the My Mouth Is a Volcano book here to support Teacher’s Corner LLC.
There is also a quality activity book available. You can purchase the My Mouth Is a Volcano Activity Book here.
The Speech Room News site has a cool craft that you can make, if you have time.
Make your own volcanoes! Start by tracing a circle. Then cut out a wedge so it appears like pac-man. Fold the paper into a cone and tape shut. Cut out orange and red paper slips for ‘lava’. Write blurt/interrupting statements. Put them through the top of the volcano and tape insides. - The Speech Room News
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P.S. I love learning about your experiences with My Mouth Is a Volcano. Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments! :)