Lesson 22 Grade 1 Attachment 1 BUBBLE THE MEERKAT TELLS THE TRUTH Bubble was a little meerkat who lived with his family in a huge meerkat colony. Bubble was one of the small meerkat’s in the family and he wasn’t feeling very important. He always dreamed of being popular like a king or a pop star. He wanted to be noticed and to feel important as well. All the other meerkats talked about their achievements and he always felt small and like a nobody. He was a good little meerkat and he always listened to his parents and did his chores in the family as was expected. But then one day he got an idea. He thought that if he told a lie about something brave that he did, all his friends and family would believe that he is a hero. Then he would be popular! So the next day Bubble told all his friends that he once scared a snake away that wanted to enter the meerkat colony (house). He told them how he fought bravely with the snake and how he gave him a big bite. The snake got such a fright that it slid away quickly. He told them that he was not scared of snakes at all
Al his friends were very amazed and they believed his lie. To scare away a snake was a very brave thing to do for a little meerkat. They had never tried it before, they were all too scared. Soon Bubble became very popular in the meerkat colony and everybody heard about his braveness. Fighting off a snake brought Bubble all the fame he ever dreamed off. Then one day he and his friends were playing sliding down the sand dune. They keep on going further and further away from the colony and his friends were a bit cautious. They said: “Bubble, maybe we must go back – this is dangerous.” Bubble would just reply: ”I am not scared of anything. I’m a brave meerkat.” Then suddenly they all started to scream – snake!! Everybody was calling Bubble forward, as he was the brave one who fought a snake before. They all looked around for him and then they saw him right at the back of the group, rolled up in a little ball.
They realized they would have to do something quickly and together they all started digging – kicking sand in the snake’s eyes. The snake got scared with all the sand in his eyes and slid away quickly. The friends all turned around and looked at Bubble. He realized that his friends all saved them from the snake. He got up from his hiding place and thanked his friends and said: “I am sorry that I lied. I should have told you the truth. Without all your help we could have been dead now.” He told then how he wanted to do something big and great that would make him look brave and give him fame and popularity. But he didn’t know that his lie could almost cost them all their lives. His friends told him that he was great just the way he is and that they all liked him and believe in him for who he is and not what he does.
Lesson 23 Grade 1 Attachment 1 Emily finds fairness Emily and Justin were in the same class at school. They saw each other every day in the reading corner, But they don’t really talk to each other. One day Emily was painting a beautiful picture of a hedgehog. Emily just loves hedgehogs and she loves drawing pictures of them. This was one of her best pictures ever and she was just about to go show it to Mrs. Walters, when Justin walked past her desk and on purpose knocked over the bottle of blue paint. It spilled over her beautiful picture of Lizzie the Spy Hedgehog. Emily was very upset and said in a sad voice: “That isn’t fair. You ruined my picture.” Justin just stood there saying: “Too bad for you. Life isn’t fair. And if life isn’t fair, why should I be?” It really hurt Emily’s feelings to hear Justin not caring at all about her hard work and effort.
At play time Emily started to think about what Justin said. Maybe it was true. Maybe life isn’t fair. She was thinking of all the rude people they meet everyday at the grocery store. She was thinking about all the countries that fight because they haven’t learned to share. She thought of all the people that steal and are harmful to others. Some things in life are not fair – that is for sure. But that doesn’t mean that is how she has to feel about life. She thought about her picture and how it hurt her when Justin ruined it. She thought about what he said and that made her feel small and she didn’t want anyone else to ever feel this way. She would rather do the right thing than to make others feel sad. So Emily thought that being fair was the right thing to do and that is what she wants to believe. She thought that some times life is not fair as she would like it to be, but she can make a difference by believing in fairness.
And just as Emily was getting off the bench where she was sitting, something amazing happened. She bumped into Justin. He was standing there looking at his feet. In a very small voice he said: ”I am sorry for ruining your picture earlier today. What I did was wrong.” “I am building a castle in the sand pit. Would you like to come help me? We can build one the way you would like it to be.” Emily thought about what she decided earlier on, that she can make a difference. Then Emily said:” OK, I forgive you. Lets go build one together.” So off they went and together they built the biggest sand castle ever! They became best friends and learned that it was more fun to share, when you believe that life is fair!