Guiding Children’s Behavior WORDLE

Most parents and caregivers want well behaved children, but how does that happen?  Children need adults not only todiscipline be positive role models, but teach, guide and support them along the way.  This lesson helps students determine positive and negative techniques used to guide children’s behavior.


  • I like to hook my students into this topic by showing them a segment of misbehaving children using a segment from Supernanny.  Here is one that can be used but there are many to choose from.  After showing the segment I like to ask students what they think of the children’s behavior and how they might handle it.  This leads to the next activity.
  • To find out where students stand on discipline have them fill out two different colored post-it-notes completing the following phrases:  Discipline is…. AND Discipline is NOT….  Have them place their respective post-it-notes on the labeled sections of butcher block paper or the chalkboard.
  • Share and discuss their responses and try to elicit their feelings behind their responses.


  • Post-it-notes (different colors)
  • Butcher paper (optional)
  • File Folders or Index Cards
  • Laptops
  • Projector
  • Developing Child Textbook


  • Write the techniques from the textbook (pages 88-98) on file folders and pass out to the students.  Make a giant continuum on the floor and have students as a group line the techniques from least positive to most positive (based on what they already know).  Ask students to justify their responses/placements.  Their answers to this activity could be very interesting and enlightening.
  • Now assign the “Guiding Children’s Behavior WORDLE” using the above referenced textbook pages.  WORDLE is a free web-based technology where students can create word clouds using important terms or characteristics relating to important class topics.  No computer access, not to fear as students can hand generate these too!
  • Since I like to hang the WORDLES around my room, I have students circle the positive techniques and draw a line through the negative techniques to help encourage the techniques to use at a glance via the visual.
  • To reinforce the information learned from the textbook, I like to show the DVD Discipline: Teaching Limits with Love and have students complete questions while they view.
  • An exit slip activity that I like to use for this lesson is to write the statement “Why is discipline important in guiding children’s behavior?” on the chalkboard and give each student a post-it-note to write their response on along with their name.  They simply stick it to the board, around the statement, when they are finished and heading out the door.




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