December

December: Honesty
To be truthful and authentic in speech and actions

In December, students will discuss the importance of being honest with others, as well as with themselves. They will practice expressing to others what they need to know and in a way that is considerate of their feelings. They will reflect on how they feel when people tell them the truth, being honest about what they have done and what they intend to do. Students will also examine how honesty may affect trust in a relationship.


 Ps41/CharacEdDec

Home-to-School Connection
Practice honesty at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create your own.

Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.

PS41/LetstalkDecWhy should I be honest?
What might happen if I’m not honest?
What does it mean to keep a secret?
Should I always keep secrets?
Is there ever a time when it is alright not to tell the truth?
How can I demonstrate honesty through my actions?
How do I feel when others are honest with me?
What are examples of manipulative behavior?
How can I recognize when someone is manipulating or not being honest with me?
Think of a time in your life when you were honest. Why were you honest? Was it difficult for you? Why or why not?
Think of a time when you were not honest. How did you feel? Was there a consequence that you are aware of?


Activities

  • Research project - Learn together about people in history who were known to be honest or people of integrity, for example, Abraham Lincoln (“Honest Abe”) and George Washington (“I cannot tell a lie”). Write down or be able to discuss why this person is known as an honest person or person of integrity. Extension: use pictures and/or brief stories about these people to create an honesty mural.

  • Writing - Write letters or make cards for people you know, giving them genuine compliments on their positive characteristics. Try to use adjectives and specific examples in your descriptions.

  • Sort - Create an honesty/integrity sort. Read over each example, discuss and decide together whether to place them under “Being honest/Having integrity means: OR Being Dishonest/Not having integrity means: (Possible examples for sort: telling the truth, standing up for what you believe is right, being trustworthy and truthful, admitting mistakes, lying, twisting the truth or leaving out part of it, not admitting mistakes, saying one thing and doing another, exaggerating, doing what is popular instead of what you think is right)


    

Recommended ReadsPS41/StarDec2

Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

Pre-Kindergarten
‚ÄčA Bad Case of Stripes (David Shannon)
Strega Nona (Tomie De Paola)

Kindergarten-2nd Grade
A Bad Case of Stripes (David Shannon)
Being Frank (Donna W. Earnhardt)
I'm Telling the Truth - A First Look at Honesty
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (Barbara Park)
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook ( Barbara Park)
Liar,Liar ,Pants on Fire (Diane deGroat)
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (Miriam Cohen)
Pinocchio
Princess K.I.M and the Lie That Grew ( Maryann Cocca-Leffler)
Ruthie and the not so teeny tiny Lie (Laura Rankin)
Strega Nona (Tomie De Paola)
The Berenstain Bears Tell the Truth (J/S Berenstain)
The Big Lie (Katie Woo series - Fran Manushkin)
The Boy Who Cried Ninja (Alex Latimer)
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (A. Trussell-Cullen)
The Empty Pot (Demi)
The Honest to Goodness Truth (Patricia McKissack)
Too Many Tamales (Gary Soto)

3rd Grade-5th Grade
Being Frank (Donna W. Earnhardt)
Don't Tell A Whopper on Fridays! The Children's Truth-Control; Book (Adolph Moser)
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (Barbara Park)
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook ( Barbara Park)
Liar,Liar ,Pants on Fire (Diane deGroat)
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (Gordon Korman)
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (Miriam Cohen)
On My Honor ( Bauer)
Pinky Promise ( Vanita Braver)
Pinocchio
Shiloh (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor)
Strega Nona (Tomie De Paola)
The Berenstain Bears Tell the Truth (J/S Berenstain)
The Big Lie (Katie Woo series - Fran Manushkin)
The Boy Who Cried Ninja (Alex Latimer)
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (A. Trussell-Cullen)
The Empty Pot (Demi)
The Honest to Goodness Truth (Patrica C. McKissack)
The Value of Truth and Trust : The Story of Cochise (Johnson)
Too Many Tamales (Gary Soto)
Winners Take All ( Fred Bowen)