Telling the Truth Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Develop and fine-tune honesty skills with this lesson plan. Several activities can be used to teach and reinforce the idea of telling the truth using supplies you already have on hand.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain why telling the truth is important
  • identify truth from lies


40 minutes


  • Anchor chart and marker
  • Paper
  • Lego blocks or other add-on blocks
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Role playing task cards

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.5

Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.6

Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.

Direct Instruction

  • Gather students together and ask them to think of a time someone wasn't honest with them.
  • Have them turn and talk to a partner to share the experience, then ask them:
    • How did this make you feel?
    • Why is it important to tell the truth?
    • Should we always tell the truth?
    • What can happen if we don't tell the truth?
  • Consider reading an anchor text to reinforce the concept of honesty, such as The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack or The Empty Pot by Demi.
  • Title your anchor chart 'Honesty' and ask students to make an 'I will tell the truth becauseā€¦' statement to add.
  • Have each student sign the chart and hang in your room.


The Nose Knows

  • Read or tell the story Pinocchio to students.
  • Give students paper and have them sketch Pinocchio's face; distribute six blocks to students.
  • Read statements to students from the story, having them build a long nose using the blocks on the face to identify lies and short nose to indicate the truth.
  • Discuss each statement afterward, asking students why it is a lie or truth.
  • Branch out into everyday situations, such as 'A friend drops a pencil you really like so you pick it up and keep it. Is this a lie?'
  • Continue to discuss each situation, explaining why some things are lies and some are truth.

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