The Lion and the Mouse
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.
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).
- The learners will graph acts of kindness.
- 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.
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.