Celebrate National Honesty Day
April 30 is National Honesty Day! No lie….it really is a thing. Don’t believe me, then check this out:
Read all about National Honesty Day and its origins. Try coming up with some unique ways to celebrate National Honesty Day with your class.
The Honest Mouth (All grades)
Materials: Black licorice
Ask the students if anyone knows what happens when you eat black licorice? (Put a piece in your mouth. You
may want to put extra black food coloring on your piece before visiting the classroom; this will enhance the
effect.) A mouth that has eaten black licorice turns black. (After chewing, open your mouth to show the result.)
Yuck! Not only does your tongue look horrible, but soon your teeth and even your lips get black. It takes a
long time before your mouth returns to its normal color. Dishonesty has a lasting effect on you, just like the
black licorice. Like the licorice leaves our mouths black for a long time, we can see the results of telling lies
long after we’ve told them. Others will lose their trust in us, privileges will be taken away, and friendships will
be lost. Telling lies will leave a black ugly mark on you–just like the black licorice. Remember: It’s always
best to be honest and true, don’t let the stain of dishonesty leave its mark on you.
(Object Talks For Any Day , V. Kokmeyer)
The Cover Up (Suggested for grades 2 – 5)
Materials: Bucket or large cooking pot (about 8 inches across), one quarter, and enough pennies for each
student to have one.
Fill the bucket with 6 – 8 inches of water and put the quarter at the bottom in the center. Begin by saying that
telling a lie may seem like a simple way out of a problem. However, usually when we tell a lie we end up telling
even more lies in order to cover up the first lie. (Give an example, either made up or from your own personal
experience.) Explain to the students that their challenge is to cover up the quarter by using a penny. Have
students come up one at a time and try to drop their penny (from at least 2 inches above the water) into the
bucket and try to cover up the quarter. After everyone has had a turn to drop a penny in the bucket discuss the
1. How well did the penny cover the quarter?
2. How many actually landed on the quarter?
3. How does this activity compare to trying to cover up a lie that we told?
4. Does someone have to tell more lies to cover up the first lie?
5. What happens when you are caught lying?
6. How easy is it for others to trust you again?
7. Why is telling the truth easier than lying even if the truth may get you in trouble.
Games courtesy of: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/beverlywoodsES/Documents/Novhonesty.pdf