SEL / Character Ed Lesson Plan for grades K-1
Students will understand the following:
K - 1 or pre-reader
Honesty- Only doing or saying things that are truthful and morally right. Honesty includes
Truthful- How something really is or how it really happened.
Conscience- The voice in your head and feeling in your heart that tells you if something is right or wrong.
If using the What is Honesty Presentation, Grades K-1, use the images to demonstrate examples of honesty. Discuss the concept of honesty (see vocabulary section). Ask the class for examples of behaviors that are honest and dishonest. (Also see the What is Honesty Definition page or What is Honesty Presentation.)
Pose the question, “What if it was ok to be dishonest? What if our society and laws said it was ok for people to lie and steal?” Allow the children to talk about what could happen and how that would feel. Honesty is important for people to live together peacefully. We need to know our friends, family, and leaders have a common belief in being truthful and trustworthy in order to feel safe and to get along.
Discuss how honesty is essential to having positive relationships. For relationships to work, we each need to know we will treat each other fairly and truthfully.
Pose some questions that reveal how honesty is important to maintaining positive friendships:
Using the picture-based What is Honesty Worksheet, Grades K-1, have children check Green if the action is Honest or Red if it is dishonest. The worksheet has fillable fields if children need to complete it online for remote learning.