Monday, December 3, 2012

Lesson on telling the truth

We all know the saying "honesty is the best policy" so this "policy" continues on in a recent class visit with my 1st grade friends.  I began with an open question to the class: "why should people tell the truth?"  I got all kinds of interesting (& sometimes funny) responses.  We then discussed potential consequences of what happens when people don't tell the truth (again, various types of responses). I wrote all the students' responses on the Promethan board to recap during the lesson.

Writing student responses down
After our discussion, we played a game called 2 truths and an untruth (to make this more interactive, I used the Promethan board).  This game has 3 statements, 2 are true and 1 is untrue.  The students take turns identifying which statements are true. They move the check mark picture to the true statement and the "X" to the untrue statement.  They LOVED this game!  I created this game using Active Inspire (Promethan board software).  If you school doesn't have interactive white boards, you can use PowerPoint, but your student will have to move the check mark or X from your laptop.

Screenshot of 2 truths & 1 untruth

Screenshot of game statements, these statements were about me...the untrue statement is I don't like pepperoni pizza!

Students playing 2 truths & 1 untruth with Ms. D (counselor intern)

After our game, I read an update of the book "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and read a fun, updated version called "The Wolf Who Cried Boy".  This book has the same message about being honest and it's so much fun to read and share with the class. Students see what happens to the wolf when he constantly does not tell the truth. I really enjoy doing this lesson!

I LOVE reading this story!

What types of lessons or books do you use about telling the truth/being honest?  Please share!

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  1. Love and pinned! We use the book Wolf! Wolf by John Rocco as a fun alternative to this story. I'll have to check out the one you used!

    The Corner On Character

  2. We are doing some lessons on honesty right now. I am using The Empty Pot by Demi in 2nd grade. I also love Monte Selby's song that goes with his book, Sounds Like the Truth,

  3. Thanks Barbara and Kristin, I'll have to check out both of your book suggestions!

  4. haha years ago I wrote a funny blues tune with the basic theme; "Why are you asking me a question if you don't want the truth when I answer you?" I wrote it for me but recorded it with a cool kid in the end and a fun band for our kids pg at VBL. This post reminds me of all that. LOVE and appreciate. Honesty is highly under-rated!