Honesty Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan gives you an activity, extension, quiz, and many discussion and warm-up questions and topics that will get students thinking about honesty.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define honesty
  • understand the differences between honesty, lying, and exaggeration
  • give examples of honesty and lying


1 - 1.5 hours


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Warm Up

  • Get the kids excited for this lesson by asking familiar questions like:
    • Name a time someone lied to you. How did it make you feel?
    • Share a time you were honest with somebody even if you didn't want to be. Why were you honest in the end?

Discussion Questions

  • Pass out handouts of the Honesty Lesson for Kids lesson text to the class.
  • Read through the lesson. As you read through this lesson, pause after every major section and ask if the students have any questions. Encourage students to take notes or highlight while you read through the lesson.
  • Once you've read through the entire lesson as a class, discuss:
    • Why is lying so tempting some of the time?
    • Can you name someone whom you believe to be very trustworthy? Why are they trustworthy?
    • Have you ever exaggerated something? Why?

Vocabulary Activity

  • Place the following terms on the board.
    • Lying
    • Honesty
    • Trustworthiness
    • Exaggeration
    • Conscience
    • Reputation
  • Pick students to come up to the board and define one of the terms in their own words.
  • After students have written the definitions, allow other students to correct or add to any wrong definitions until there is a class consensus. Have students note down the terms and definitions.

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