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Teaching Integrity Using Songs, Books, and Video

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

K Integrity English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Objectives
Students will:
Be introduced to what the word integrity means and how it relates to honesty
• Will gain an understanding of what it means to have integrity (being honest)
• Make a connection to a time that they were honest about something in a tough situation
• Listen to scenarios/role play having integrity
• Identify ways they can demonstrate integrity at school, at home and in the community

Category: Kindergarten

Core Value Focus: Integrity

Materials Needed:
• Ruthie and the (Not SO) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin
Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkely Breathed
• Anchor Chart Paper
• Markers
• Crayons
• Accompanying Worksheet
• Yarn
• Integrity Badges
• Computer with internet access

Introductory Activity:
• The teacher will present a scenario to the students. Example: "You came in from recess and found a
   REALLY cool mechanical pencil by your seat. What would you do?" Have them think, then partner share.
• Teacher and students will then have a discussion about what they would do with the pencil vs. what is the
   best thing to do with the pencil.
• Discuss how this lends itself to being HONEST…talk about what being honest means
• Watch and sing video: “Be Honest by Harry Kindergarten” at https://youtu.be/uo1n3JzEt7Y

Individual Activity: None on Day 1

Small Group Activity: None on Day 1

Whole Group Activity:
• Write the word HONESTY on a piece of chart paper (Developing an Anchor Chart for the classroom)
• Write and/or draw pictures on the anchor chart relating to the word honesty, using examples from the earlier
  discussion, the video and new thoughts
• Briefly describe how honesty is another word for integrity (integrity might be a difficult word for kindergartners
  to understand). Write the word “integrity” under the word “honesty” on the anchor chart

Concluding Activity:
Ask students to share examples of a time where they chose to be honest. Give them time to think, share with
a partner and then share out as a class. Use sentence frame “ I was honest when I ____________.” Guide
and prompt if necessary. Example: “I was honest when I told my mom I broke the picture frame.”

Assessment:
Students will draw a picture of a time they were honest/showed integrity.

Extended Activities:
None on Day 1


Day 2


Introductory Activity:
• Teacher will present another scenario to the students. Ex- You are outside playing on the playground at recess
   and you find a toy that you have ALWAYS wanted. What do you? Have them think, partner share and then share
   with the group.
• Refer back to the Honesty/Integrity Anchor Chart- reinforce the vocabulary
• Read the story “Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie”

Whole Group Activity/Activities
• As you are reading the book, stop frequently and ask students guiding questions.
    o What do you think Ruthie is going to do?
    o Is she making good choices? Is she being HONEST? Is she showing Integrity?
    o What should she have done differently? What would you have done?
    o Play a game of honesty (integrity) “Vote with your Feet”
• Present scenarios demonstrating characters being honest and dishonest. If students agree with how the character
  responded, they go to one side of the room. If they disagree, they go to the other. If they are unsure, they stand
  in the middle.

Concluding Activity:
• Listen & Learn: “Honesty (Truth) Song” at https://youtu.be/hNq1G92lZmA

Assessments:
Observe student responses during “Vote with your feet”


Day 3

Introductory Activities:

• Watch and sing video: “Be Honest by Harry Kindergarten” at https://youtu.be/uo1n3JzEt7Y
• Revisit Honesty/Integrity Anchor Chart- Discuss

Whole Group Activity:
Watch the video: "Adventures From The Book of Virtues" at https://youtu.be/lS0a1aqXvhw

Small Group Activities:

• Students will work in small groups to build “trust towers” out of blocks, cubes etc.
• Tell them to try and make it as strong and sturdy as possible
• Once everyone is finished, have a discussion about how it takes a long time to build the towers so they are
  nice and strong (relate this to building trust by being honest/having integrity)
• After having this discussion, let the students knock over their towers.
• Once they have done this, have a discussion about how quickly they were able to destroy their towers.
   (Relate this to telling lies, being dishonest/not having integrity)

Assessment:
Observation during discussion/student participation during the small group activities


Day 4

Introductory Lesson Activity:

• Listen and Sing the “Honesty (Truth) Song” at https://youtu.be/hNq1G92lZmA
• Revisit Anchor Chart & discuss vocabulary
• Teacher will read the story: “Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big” by Berkeley Breathed (there also videos of this
  book being read online if you choose)

Whole Group Activities:
• Using a ball of yarn, give examples of “lies” that can be told. Each time you tell a lie “wrap the yard through
  a piece of furniture in the classroom. After demonstrating a few times, let students do the wrapping. Make sure
  you have enough “lies” so that each student has a turn to wrap the yarn somewhere.
• As this is occurring, discuss how every time you tell a lie the web just gets bigger and bigger. When we choose
  not to tell the truth, each time we create a bigger web for ourselves until we cannot get out anymore. Discuss
  how that might make you feel.
• After doing all of the wrapping, go back and revisit the lies and start telling the truth. As each truth is told, cut
  a piece of the yarn to start setting the things “free”
• As you are doing this, discuss how important it is to be honest/have integrity, because you do not want to be
  tangled in this mess! It is better for us to tell the truth the first time and deal with the consequences than to lie
  and bury ourselves in the big web.
• Have students work together to clean up the mess that the lies caused and put it in the garbage where lies belong!


Day 5

Introductory Activities:
• Watch and sing video: “Be Honest by Harry Kindergarten” https://youtu.be/uo1n3JzEt7Y
• Revisit Anchor Chart & discuss vocabulary
• Watch the video “Telling the Truth About Breaking a Window” at https://vimeo.com/164558551.
  Stop it at the point where she thinks up the lie to tell.
• Do not discuss the video!

Individual Activities:
• Now that you are an “Honesty Expert” you are going to be given an opportunity to earn your “Integrity Badge”
• To earn your badge, you need to create a poster. Draw a picture for each and write a sentence.
    o What did the little girl do that did not show integrity?
    o What you would have done instead that would show integrity?

Concluding Activities:
• Now that you are an “Honesty Expert” you are going to be given an opportunity to earn your “Integrity Badge”
• To earn your badge, you need to create a poster. Draw a picture for each and write a sentence.
    o What did the little girl do that did not show integrity?
    o What you would have done instead that would show integrity?

Assessments:
• Poster
• Observation of presentation

Extended Activities:
Have an “Integrity” party to celebrate being honest!

Resources / Source Citation(s):
(Please use this website to create an official MLA citation http://www.easybib.com/)
"Adventures From The Book Of Virtues - Integrity (FULL ENGLISH)." YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
"All About Honesty (song for Kids about Telling the Truth)." YouTube. Harry Kindergarten, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
Breathed, Berkeley. Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, 2000. Print.
Rankin, Laura. Ruthie and the (not So) Teeny Tiny Lie. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Print.
"Sesame Street - Telling the Truth About Breaking a Window." YouTube. Artist Mike and Bruce Cayard, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.
"Truth Song Honesty Song." YouTube. Have Fun Teaching, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2016.

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