Lesson Six



In whom are truth, virtue, harmlessness, restraint and control,
that wise man who is purged of impurities, is, indeed, called an Elder.


[He that] speaketh truth showeth forth righteousness:
Proverbs 12:17

Baha'i Faith
Truthfulness is the foundation of all the virtues of the world of humanity.


Discuss: What truthfulness mean. Examples of how the children see truthfulness practiced in their daily lives. How truthfulness is practiced in your class. What various situations would look like without truthfulness. Why truthfulness is important.


Books that reinforce the theme of Truthfulness
(Books can be previewed @ http://www.amazon.com)
If you don't want to purchase books, consider requesting them at your local library.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf Retoldby: B. G. Hennessy
A Day's Work By: Eve Bunting
Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie By: Laura Rankin


Activities to support the theme of truthfulness
Remember to plan enough time for the children to help clean up after each of their activities. It's another opportunity for them to put into practice the virtues they're learning.

  1. Telling Tales
    Think of an event or experience that your class went through together. For example, a recent class party or group project. Turn it into a story to tell the class and share a very accurate and detailed account of the experience. However, insert a few exaggerations or untruths. For example, if 10 kids attended the party tell the story as though there were 25. If cheese pizza was served list several other kinds of pizza as well, say there was a jumping cage even though there wasn't one, etc. After you tell the story ask the children what they think of the story. When they point out some aspects of the story weren't true ask how they felt when they heard you saying the things that weren't true.
  2. Say What? (a.k.a. a version of the Telephone game)
    The kids stand or sit in a circle with a little space between kids. Whisper a statement to the first child who then whispers it to the next and it goes around the circle whispered person to person. Have the last person try to say what the message was out loud. See if it is the same as when it started. Have kids take turns being the first and last in the circle. Make sure that the messages aren't statements about any person so it could not be misconstrued as backbiting/gossip. It's more fun if the statements are a little silly to say. Or have the kids repeat old adages. Most young kids are not familiar with them so they can be challenging for them to repeat. When it's announced out loud you can share the meaning and discuss if they think the adage is usually true or not. Examples of some adages: A stitch in time saves nine. A watched pot never boils. Actions speak louder than words. After sunshine comes a storm. All that glitters is not gold.
  3. Two Truths and a Lie
    The kids take turns telling the group three things about themselves. Two things they say are true and one thing they share is not true. The class then guesses which one is not true.
  4. We Can Be Truthful Bowling To reinforce the Baha'i quote.
    Play the We Can Be Truthful Bowling game the kids made. See directions in arts and crafts below. Kids take turns using a tennis ball, or other suitable ball to knock down the cans like they are bowling. When the truth cans are knocked down the other virtues stacked on stop will tumble as well. Kids can come up with their own rules about how far back to stand and how many tries they get.

Arts and Crafts Ideas
Consider printing the quote that goes with your lesson so the children can attach it to their projects.

  1. We Can Be Truthful Bowling To reinforce the Baha'i quote.
    Have the kids write letters T-R-U-T-H on five empty soda cans that have been covered in paper. These five cans will represent the foundation. Write other virtue words on about 6 other cans, then decorate. See game under activities above.
  2. Truthfulness is the Foundation 3 Dimentional Paper Folding Project To reinforce the Baha'i quote.
    Use heavy weight paper (card stock works best). Tacky glue works better than school glue for setting up faster. It's also handy to have a lot of tape on hand.
  3. Truthfulness is the Foundation Accordion Poster To reinforce the Baha'i quote.
  4. Truthfulness is the foundation Puzzle To reinforce the Baha'i quote.
    Print the quote in small fonts and glue to the bottom of blank arts and crafts puzzle frames. Have the kids write the word 'Truthfulness' across the bottom row of puzzle pieces to represent the foundation. They can write other virtue words on the other pieces. If they use markers that do not smudge to write the words they will be able to color over the words. For younger kids who can't write, you can write the words for them and they can color the puzzle.

  5. The Boy Who Cried Wolf Story Puppets
    Website where I found the wolf puppet:




"I Tell the Truth" Rock Solid Kids on the Character Development Songs CD


Snack Ideas
Remember to plan for hand washing or provide antibacterial wet wipes.

  1. Truthfulness is the foundation Marshmallow Tower
    Use new JUMBO size Kraft marshmallows and Food writers.
    Write letters T-R-U-T-H on Five marshmallows - use as foundation
    Write virtue words on other marshmallows and stack on top.
    After the class has worked together on the tower they can have the marshmallows for a snack.

  2. Virtue Cocoa
    Using Food Writers, have the kids write virtue words on JUMBO marshmallows. Top off mugs of heated cocoa with them. To make it even more fun, microwave the cocoa with marshmallows on top for a few seconds and watch the virtue puff up to cover the top of the mug.

  3. Mini-Marshmallow Towers
    Give each child a zip lock bag of mini-marshmallows and encourage them to build marshmallow towers. Discuss how the tower is built on a foundation. They'll enjoy eating their towers when they're done building.

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