Introducing Show and Tell in the Classroom

Not many teachers today find time in their busy schedules for weekly show-and-tell, but it can be a great way to help get to know students and for students to begin to connect to one another at the beginning of the year.

Not many teachers today find time in their busy schedules for weekly show-and-tell, but it can be a great way to help get to know students and for students to begin to connect to one another at the beginning of the year.



Whenever you are going to allow students to bring things from home to share with the class it is best to establish some ground rules prior to the sharing. If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley is a great picture book to read to begin that discussion.

When the teacher tells her class to bring things from nature for show-and-tell students bring sticks, bird nests, and shiny rocks. Magnolia however chooses to bring an alligator. The story tells about all the trouble the alligator gets into during the course of the day. In the end Magnolia has to go to the principal’s office and decides that alligators are NOT good choices for show-and-tell.

This over-sized picture book is good for showing the illustrations which are sure to make your kids laugh and is the perfect spring board for a discussion on what is appropriate to bring to school to share with the class.

Share this free show and tell reminder with parents and students when it is their turn to present to the class.

Share this free show and tell reminder with parents and students when it is their turn to present to the class.


Show and Tell is more than a fun activity for students. It provides an opportunity for the sharer to develop oral language skills and become comfortable speaking to a group which will help prepare them for presentations in the future. It also provides the student audience with practice of social skills such as attentive listening and waiting their turn to talk.

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