Watch Your Words

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Lesson Application: Once hurtful words are spoken they can never be taken back.

Supplies: large paper, scissors, and scotch tape

Using large pieces of paper, cut out large paper dolls. Pick two or three pairs of students. Give one doll to each pair of students. Have one hold the doll and say something mean and nasty to it, ripping a piece of the paper doll. Take turns doing this. Have each person do this about 3 times so your paper doll is in about 6 pieces. Then give each person a roll of scotch tape and tell them to piece their paper doll back together. The results are hilarious. Have each group show their doll and tell what they have learned. Then discuss how words once spoken can never be taken back. The tape signifies an apology but as you can see, it just isn’t the same.  No matter how hard you try, you can’t put the paper doll back in perfect condition.

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