One Thirty-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
The Empty Pot by Demi is the story of an Emperor in China who needed to select a successor to his throne. Since he loved flowers, he decided to call the children in the kingdom together and give each a seed. After one year the children were to return with their plant and the new Emperor would be chosen. The child Ping tries many methods to grow his seed but nothing happens so his father tells him to take the empty pot since he had done his best. When the Emperor sees the empty pot he selects Ping as the successor since all of the seeds were boiled and none should have grown. Ping was the only child honest enough to return with an empty pot.
Ask children: Why is it important to be honest? Do you want friends to be honest with you? When does it take courage to be honest?
Observe how well students note details, sequence events, and discuss the setting. Observe how students demonstrate good personal conduct, especially related to honesty over time. Monitor students planting and care for marigolds as students chart the progress of their plant.
Lesson Developed By:Pamela McIntosh
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