Emphasize the Importance of Honesty

Each week on the QuaverSEL Blog, we highlight one of the QuaverSEL’s SEL Plus competencies. Today, we’re diving into one of QuaverSEL’s SEL Plus competencies, honesty, and an activity that will help students recognize the importance of being honest. 

Quaver’s SEL Plus competencies highlight important topics not addressed by CASEL.

Let’s dig in! 

What are the benefits of honesty? Why is it important to be honest after we make a mistake? 

Take five minutes this week to explore how honesty helps people trust us. What emotions do we experience when we tell the truth? 

George Washington and the Cherry Tree

the story of "George Washington and the Cherry Tree" in Lesson 30 of the Kindergarten Curriculum

You’ll find the story of “George Washington and the Cherry Tree” in Lesson 30 of the Kindergarten Curriculum. You can also find this activity by searching “George Washington” in Resource Manager. This activity focuses on the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. In this story, George Washington receives a hatchet as a gift from his father. In his excitement, he cuts down his father’s beloved cherry tree. He then must decide whether to be honest about his mistake or to lie. 

Stories are also a great way to discuss more specific emotions not covered in the lesson theme. Ask details about the emotional content of the story: How did George feel when he realized he may have made a mistake? How do you think George felt after being honest with his father?

This story reinforces an important theme:

“Honesty helps people trust you.”

In the Quaver Lesson George Washington and the Cherry Tree, students learn "Honesty helps people trust you."

Telling the Truth

Now that students have heard the story of George Washington and the cherry tree, it’s time to apply what was learned!

You can find this activity in Lesson 30 of the Kindergarten Curriculum. You can also find it by searching “Honesty” in Resource Manager.

Students learn how to apply the lesson with "Telling the Truth" activity.

In this activity, select a picture to and explore the situation by discussing the setting and characters seen on each screen and either reading or pressing the PLAY button.

Click on either TRUTH or LIE to explore different responses to each scenario. Ask students to describe how the person telling the truth or lie feels. Ask students to describe how the other people in the scenario feel.

Discuss “What is the problem with telling a lie? How would you solve the problem?”

In the Telling the Truth activity, students listen to happens, then click on truth or lie and discuss the outcomes!

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How do you encourage honesty in your classroom? 

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