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KINDNESS

Literature Link

The Lion and the Mouse

Author:

Jerry Pinkney

Summary:

Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation is one of Aesop’s most beloved fables. An unlikely pair learns that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he had planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. This book is a natural springboard for a discussion on many character topics including kindness.

Character Education Focus:

  • To be kind to all creatures big and small.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Reading Objective:

THE LEARNERS WILL:

  • Retell the story and identify the acts of kindness—first by the lion, then by the mouse.
  • Discuss how acts of kindness may be big acts (school-wide service projects) or small acts (please/thank you, smile).

Extensions:

Math Objective:

  • The learners will graph acts of kindness.

Activity:

  • Lead brainstorming discussion of “big acts of kindness” (lion size - ex. Cleaning up trash from playground) and “small acts of kindness”
           (mouse size - ex. smiling), making two lists. Create a picture graph comparing brainstormed lists. Graph could grow as students
            recognize more acts of kindness. (Use picture graph provided, download here).

Speaking and Listening Objective:

  • The learners will act out the events of the story.

Activity:

Students act out the two key events in the story:

  • when the lion catches the mouse and lets it go
  • when the mouse frees the lion.

Students pair up and practice one event. Next, students role-play in front of their peers. Conclude by pointing out the big and small acts of kindness.

ASCA: A:A3.1 Take responsibility for their action

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