Monday, January 16, 2012

Julia Cook Project Part II: Stopping Int"ERUPT"ions in Your Classroom

It is constant....
it is unbearable......
It is all relative, because it truly has improved as I think back to the beginning of the year.  But, I still go back to the age old question of why some children don't even think anything of just blurting out whatever is on their mind. Is it innate?  Is it because parents don't teach them it is impolite?  Is it because parents have stopped to listen to their children their whole lives, even if they were in the middle of a discussion?
I do all the same things you do in your classroom, I'm sure, to eliminate or at least lessen the amount of interruptions.  But, the one thing I hadn't tried was bibliotherapy, mainly because I hadn't come across a book that addresses the bad habit of interrupting.  That is, until I came upon the book by my new favorite author, Julia Cook, entitled My Mouth is a Volcano.
Louis is a young boy in the book who just can't help himself from "erupting", until he realizes what it feels like to be interrupted himself.  His mother teaches him the steps to take that help him stop "erupting" and it makes him feel so much better when he can control his "erupt"ions.
Of course, my students were thrilled to be reading another book by Julia Cook and listened intently as I read it for the first time.  We referred back to it throughout the week and it was apparent that SOME of the children were thinking twice before interrupting, but it was the children who rarely interrupt anyway, so it wasn't proving to make that much of a difference.
I asked my student teacher to do a second reading of the book and the children sat as eager as ever to hear it again.  After we discussed the steps to stop "erupting" again, the children made their own My Mouth is a Volcano posters to take home and (hopefully) carry over the language we are working on in the classroom to the homefront.
The only thing you have to do to prepare for the poster making activity is take sideview pictures of the children individually looking up with their mouths wide open.  I just print them off on our copier so they are black and white (which I actually prefer for most picture projects anyway).
Click on the picture to get the printable black and white blank poster for your students to decorate and glue their pictures to.

Add orange, red, and yellow and go from this poster to the
poster below.  The students had a blast decorating their
volcanic eruptions!

The students actually wrote words on the lines coming out of their
mouths like, "I will not interrupt"  or "I will try not to erupt".  Of course,
this is my son and do you think I could get him to write any words on his? No!

Stay tuned for more posts on Julia Cook's great books and the finale of a HUGE giveaway that includes an autographed book and a Skype session between your students and Julia!  Make sure you are reading your students all of Julia's books in case you WIN!  This is such an awesome opportunity for one lucky class...will it be yours? 


  1. Very cute! That book is on my wish list!

  2. OK...I am a dork. That is the web address that I just posted to Facebook (as having a cute giveaway...NOT my website link). Dork, dork, dork! lol
    Here is the way it should be: (Sorry! =)
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. What an awesome book!
    I NEED that. Like TODAY!

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  4. Thank you for the freebie! Great idea! I just ordered two of Julia's books and keep checking the mail. That was one of them! I can't wait to try it!!!!

  5. These are sooo great!! It is important to help Kindee's learn how to be great students and these books do that. I LOVE the easy to do project with the kids!

  6. Our K teachers always borrow Julia's I am a booger; treat me with respect! I use the volcano book for small group counseling classes and it's always a hit!

  7. This sounds like a great book! I am your newest follower!
    Chickadee Jubilee


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