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Tattling vs Telling Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 3 pages | Years: 1 - 4

Explore the differences between ‘tattling’ and ‘telling’ with this simple worksheet.

Is Tattling a Problem in Your Classroom?

No one likes a tattler… especially teachers! But do the students in your class know the difference between tattling and telling? Unless they are specifically taught the difference between the two, they may never know!

  • Tattling is when you complain to an adult about something someone has done, or something that has happened.
  • Telling is when you inform an adult about something someone has done, or something that has happened. 

They sound similar, but they are very different!

Banish Unnecessary Tattling with This Tattling vs Telling Worksheet

This 2-page worksheet has been designed to help you set behaviour expectations in your classroom by teaching your students the difference between tattling and telling. Students are required to read each scenario, then decide whether the situation is an example of tattling or telling.

Anna didn’t do her homework, so she asked if she could copy Haley’s homework. Haley quietly told this to the teacher. (This is an example of telling.)

Martin tripped over Celia’s bookbag. Celia yelled for the teacher, even though Martin apologised. (This is an example of tattling.)

There are 10 examples on the worksheet for students to work through. An answer key is also included.

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This resource was created by Jennifer Hall, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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