Entries in truthfulness (2)


Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Importance of Truthfulness

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 20-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives: “Learn the importance of truthfulness and what it means to practice it,” and “learn that making mistakes is a part of growth and development, and that being honest when one makes mistakes encourages learning and growth.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Truthfulness-1ab)


ReadThe Truth of the Purple Walls.”

Discuss the meaning and application of this stanza from a poem written by Sir Walter Scott:

“Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive.”

Talk about how Oskorn, Bershag, and Misang were caught in the web of lies they had woven, much like an insect is caught in a web woven by a spider. (Here are some pictures of spiders’ webs you could show the children.)

Read The Boy Who Cried Wolf.”

WatchWolf, Wolf!”

Look up, read, and talk about the meaning and application of each of these Bible verses about truthfulness:

Discuss how we appreciate the trust of our friends, members of our family, or others we interact with; but how if we are dishonest, it can cost us that trust.

Additional activity: 

  • Draw a spider web on a piece of paper, leaving room to write the above-mentioned stanza from Sir Walter Scott. Then post it on the wall for a reminder of the importance of truthfulness.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Trutfulness-1ab

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International


DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Importance of Truthfulness (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Importance of Truthfulness (Portuguese)


“Video: The Sinking Canoe” Supplement (Teamwork-2c)

Video: The Sinking Canoe” highlights the following learning objective: “Recognize whether a chore, a challenge, or an assignment calls for help from an outside source, and learn how to ask for help.”

Discuss the following with your child:

  • Why is it better to sacrifice pride to save yourself or another from disaster or going the wrong direction in life, than it is to save your or another's pride?
  • Discuss a time when you needed help, whether with a personal problem or a physical challenge, but didn't ask for it.
  • Why didn't you ask for help?
  • How do you think that situation could have worked out better if you had asked for help?
  • Think of a time when you saw a friend doing something detrimental or dangerous, and you needed to warn him or her.
  • What could have happened if you hadn't warned your friend?

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Teamwork-2c


DOC: Suplemento del «Video: La canoa hundida» (Trabajo en equipo-2c)
DOC: Suplemento do “Vídeo: A Canoa Afundada” (Trabalho em equipe-2c)