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    toothpaste activity
    By LM

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    Hi, welcome to the board! This activity may be a little young for a fifth grade but you might want to give it a shot. Give each student a paper plate. Then, pass a tube of toothpaste around and let each student squeeze some out of the tube. When they all have a blob on their plate, tell them you are going to pass around the tube again and they must put all of their toothpaste back into the tube. You have to be totally serious when you say this, make them think they really have to do it. When they start complaining that it is impossible to do, start to explain that when you say hurtful things they can never be put back, just like the toothpaste can never be put back into the tube. Once your words are out, they're out and can never be taken back.

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