This lesson introduces the idea of giving back. Students hear an oral retelling of "The Lion and the Mouse" and relate the ability of the mouse to help the lion with the empowerment of children to make a difference.
One Thirty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
Copy of the fable The Lion and the Mouse (see Bibliographic References).
In the story "The Lion and the Mouse," the mouse is captured by a lion. The mouse convinces the lion to let him go so one day the mouse can help the lion. The lion feels kind and decides to let the mouse go. The mouse promises to repay the lion one day. The lion laughed, thinking, "what could a mouse do for me." Later, the lion is caught in a trap. When the mouse hears the lion roaring, he chews through the ropes to set the lion free. The lion learns that size and power are not the only strengths one may have.
Ask the students, "Do you think you can help someone who is bigger, stronger, or older than you?" Listen to their ideas. Write some of their examples and sort their ideas into the following categories: talents, time, and treasure. For example, someone may share their talent for social media; share their time with a sick person; share their treasure in the form of a good book or food for lunch. Tell them the fable, The Lion and the Mouse, tells how someone very small helped someone very big and powerful.
Interdisciplinary: Have the children brainstorm animals. Write their suggestions in two side-by-side lists forming random pairs. Have the children suggest how the animal pairs could help each other. Have the children draw a picture of two animals helping each other. Label each picture with their description of "helping."
Science: Learn about the food chain. What is a possible food chain that includes a lion? What is a possible food chain for a mouse?
Student Voice: Encourage students to be creative and find opportunities to give back that utilize their talents and interests.
Some of these books are for reference to get familiar with the story. The Pinkney book contains no text.
Lesson Developed By:Betsy Flikkema
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