Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tried it Tuesday: The 5 B's

Today I'm linking up with Holly at Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried It Tuesday. 

Tired of your students running up and telling you every little thing? Trouble with tattling? Do you have students that need a Band-Aid for a teeny-tiny speck?

Teach your students the 5 B’s!

The 5 B's is a classroom management tool meant to reduce off task "teacher telling" and tattling. The 5 B’s help your students know when it’s appropriate to go to the teacher and what things a teacher needs to know about. What are the 5 B's? The 5 B's are Bleeding, Broke Bones, Being Sick, Bee Sting, and Bullying.

I start this at the beginning of the year, but it can be started at any time. I literally teach my students the 5 B's and what they mean.  I always give them examples such as a teeny speck on their finger that really really hurts but doesn't need a Band-aid or a bee sting is different from spotting a bee.  We review the 5 B's every day for the first week of school (or the first week you introduce it).  

As the year goes on, you can just refer back to the 5 B's.  When my students come up to me at recess, for example, I hold up my 5 fingers and ask if what they are about to say is one of the 5 B's. Most of the time, they just go back and play. Fabulous!

I have used this for a number of years and in a number of grades.  It works!  

Check it out at my TPT store!

Let me know if you have used something similar! 


  1. I love your Five B's! I especially like the bleeding one! I always tell kids that unless blood is dripping don't tell me about it. I also keep a box of cheapo bandaids that kids can access without asking. It satisfies them and they also leave me out of it!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  2. This is genius!!! I have a classroom full of tattlers this year.

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. The five B's!! LOVE it! I always say it has to be an emergency but this is much better (4th graders have a hard time figuring out what is an emergency!). Thanks so much for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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