Stories for Teaching Grade 1 Students About Self-Honesty

Grade 1Lesson: 501

Stories for Teaching Self-Honesty: An SEL Lesson for Grade 1 Students

In Unit 5 of the Positive Action SEL program, Grade 1 students embark on self-discovery and growth through eight positive actions that revolve around telling oneself the truth. The classroom Code of Conduct, established in Unit 4, sets the stage for this transformative experience by encouraging students to maintain harmonious relationships with their peers. However, this unit focuses on an equally vital aspect: fostering a positive relationship with oneself.

After a brief review of the Code, this introductory lesson continues with the teacher writing the word "Truth" and its definition on the board. The class recites it together, setting the tone for an open and candid exploration of honesty.

As the students absorb the lesson's essence, they are greeted by Maurice the Mouse, who shares his personal story about being honest with himself and others. Maurice and his cousin Marrott had to confront a messy house upon their return from a quest for the greatest treasure of all. Their commitment to self-honesty led them to take responsibility for the mess and clean it up, a positive action that left them feeling good about themselves.

Maurice enlightens the class by acknowledging that honesty with oneself is not always easy. The internal discomfort that arises after telling a lie is a powerful indicator that the truth must be spoken. He highlights the importance of being honest with others, emphasizing the reciprocity of trust and transparency in human interactions.

"Positive Action’s Unit 5 empowers young learners to embrace truth as a guiding principle that leads to a life filled with purpose, authenticity, and emotional well-being."

This evidence-based SEL lesson takes an engaging turn with a story about two recurring characters, Positive Pat and Negative Ned. A series of lies plague Negative Ned's day, making him feel miserable and disconnected. In contrast, Positive Pat acts as a compassionate guide, helping Negative Ned to recognize his lack of self-honesty as the root of his discontent.

Following the story, the Negative Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle becomes a subject of analysis. Grade 1 students discuss how destructive patterns can trap individuals in a cycle of self-deception. Together, they brainstorm an alternative route — the Positive Circle. By taking responsibility for their actions and embracing self-honesty, they can break free from negative loops and develop a positive self-concept.

In the concluding part of the lesson, the class learns that their actions determine whether they have good or bad days. The teacher introduces the Positive Behavior Chart, a practical tool that serves as a reminder to choose positive actions of self-honesty.

Being honest with oneself is a profound positive action that bestows a sense of self-respect, integrity, and empowerment. As the students embark on this enlightening journey, they understand that self-honesty is not only essential for personal growth but also for building meaningful and genuine relationships with others.

Positive Action’s Unit 5 empowers young learners to embrace truth as a guiding principle that leads to a life filled with purpose, authenticity, and emotional well-being. With the wisdom gained from this unit, students are equipped to tackle life's challenges with resilience and confidence, knowing they possess the strength to confront the truth and grow from every experience.

Pasela is a digital product presented by

Find out more

©2024 Positive Action, Inc. All rights reserved.

Terms of Use/Privacy Policy/Contact Us