Aesops Fables - The lion and the mouse

Aesops Fables - The lion and the mouse

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I absolutely love Aesop's fables. There is always a lesson to be learned in a very practical manner which children loves. So today we are reading the story about the lion and the mouse. To conclude the story we will also be doing an art activity.

Read the following story to the class:

The lion and the mouse.

Once when a lion, the king of the jungle, was asleep, a little mouse began running up and down on him. This soon awakened the lion, who placed his huge paw on the mouse, and opened his big jaws to swallow him.

"Pardon, O King!" cried the little mouse. "Forgive me this time. I shall never repeat it and I shall never forget your kindness. And who knows, I may be able to do you a good turn one of these days!”

The lion was so tickled by the idea of the mouse being able to help him that he lifted his paw and let him go.

Sometime later, a few hunters captured the lion, and tied him to a tree. After that they went in search of a wagon, to take him to the zoo.

Just then the little mouse happened to pass by. On seeing the lion’s plight, he ran up to him and gnawed away the ropes that bound him, the king of the jungle.

"Was I not right?" said the little mouse, very happy to help the lion.

MORAL: Small acts of kindness will be rewarded greatly.
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Divide the learners into groups of two and let them answer the following questions:

  1. The lion was the king of the..........?
  2. What ran up and down on the lion?
  3. What did the little mouse ask the lion?
  4. Did the lion kill the moue or let it go?
  5. Who caught the lion?
  6. What did the hunters go to find to put the lion in?
  7. Where did they want to take the lion?
  8. What did the little mouse do when he passed the lion?
  9. What is the moral to this story?

Read the story to the learners once more and then give them 30 minutes to answer the questions.

After the learners have answered the questions, show them this video.

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Finish the lesson by doing some art:

  1. Make stick puppets and let the learners perform the lesson in groups of two.

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Enjoy the lesson!!

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Always loved this story. I still have a hard copy of it which my mom gave me when I was learning to read.

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