Lion and the Mouse (The)

K, 1, 2

This lesson uses fables to explore the idea of kind deeds and helping others in turn, using fables. 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.

Lesson Rating 
One Thirty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

    • rely on imagination for pictures instead of actual illustrations.
    • discuss how people can help one another (even if smaller and younger).
    • suggest some characteristics involved in becoming a good citizen.
  • copy of the fable The Lion and the Mouse (see Bibliographic References) to guide oral retelling


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    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.

  2. Set the stage by explaining that this story will be told orally rather than read. Students will use their ears and imagination since there are no storybook pictures to look at.

  3. Show pictures of a mouse and a lion and help students compare and contrast them. Describe the savanna habitat and show a picture if possible.

  4. Tell the story to the class and help them discuss it when you are finished. Ask:
    What happened to the mouse?
    What happened to the lion?
    What is a trap?
    How did the mouse free the lion?
    Why couldn't the lion free himself?

  5. Ask students to describe the lesson the story conveys. Relate the moral of the story to good citizenship.

  6. Guide discussion to other kind deeds the children may have done or seen. Ask, as good citizens, what kind deeds they could do.


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."

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.4 Give an example of how citizens act for the common good.

Academic Standards

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