Social Stories on Lying

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

One way to address adverse student behaviors is through social stories. In this lesson, you'll find some social stories that deal with the topic of lying and its common causes.

Why Use Social Stories?

The social story is a tool that many teachers use to explain complex social situations to students. Social stories usually present a detailed scenario that showcases the target situation, such as lying. If you have students who need to learn about lying, try using or adapting some of these social stories.

Social Stories on Lying

Story One: I Don't Want to Get in Trouble

Mom has a rule that I'm not allowed to throw balls in the house. I usually follow that rule, but then I got a brand new baseball for my birthday.

Yesterday, while I was sitting in the dining room throwing my new baseball around, I lost control of it. Instead of landing in my glove, the baseball landed on the dining room table and knocked over Mom's favorite glass vase. The vase fell on the floor and broke into a million pieces!

I got the broom and swept the pieces up, hoping Mom wouldn't notice the vase was gone. When Mom came home, she asked me if I knew what happened to her vase. I didn't want to get in trouble, so I decided to say, ''No.'' It was a lie, but maybe Mom wouldn't find out.

Of course, Mom found out. My little sister saw me break the vase and told Mom. Mom said if I had told the truth I would only be in trouble for playing ball in the house, but now I'm in trouble for two things - playing ball in the house and lying. She said I should never lie to cover up something I do wrong - it only makes the bad thing worse. Lying is not a good way to stay out of trouble.

Story Two: I'm So Cool!

The day after Christmas vacation, Ellen came to school and told everyone about her new puppy. She had cute pictures and funny stories about the puppy. Everyone wanted to talk to Ellen about the puppy. New puppies are just the coolest things.

I was jealous of the attention Ellen was getting. So when Ellen asked about my Christmas, I lied and told her I got a new puppy, too! Then everyone started asking me questions. I had to think fast and make up a name for my puppy and some good stories about him. When my classmates asked if I had pictures of my puppy, I told them my mother's camera was broken.

Then Ellen asked if I wanted to bring my puppy to meet her puppy. What could I say? If I said 'No', my classmates would think I was being mean and stop talking to me. And the whole point of saying I got a new puppy was so people would pay attention to me. But I couldn't say 'Yes', because I didn't really have a new puppy.

I told Ellen my puppy was sick and needed a few days before he was well enough to play with her puppy. That seemed to work for a little while. But in order for people to believe my first lie about having a puppy, I kept having to add new lies to my story. After a while, I couldn't keep track of all the lies I'd told!

Eventually I gave up and told my classmates the truth. They were annoyed. I felt guilty, but also relieved that the lying was over. Lying is hard work. Now I know that lying is not a good way to get attention or impress people.

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