Introduces the idea of kind deeds and reciprocity using fables with a moral issue at the core of the story. Reinforces that a kind deed is never wasted and demonstrates that kindness is related to good citizenship. Increases listening comprehension and the use of critical thinking skills.
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 accidentally awakens and upsets a lion. The lion felt kind and decided 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 became caught in a trap. When the mouse heard the lion roaring he came and quickly chewed through the ropes to set the lion free.
Have you ever done something nice for another person? Do you think you can help someone who is bigger, stronger, or older than you? The fable, The Lion and the Mouse, tells how this happened.
Have the children name other animals, making two lists as they brainstorm. Have the children suggest how the animal pairs could help each other. What could you do, as a good citizen, to help someone in an unsafe situation? Have the children draw a picture of the lion and the mouse or two other animals helping each other. Label each picture with their description of "helping."
Lesson Developed By:Pamela McIntosh
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