This is my first time joining a linky part. I still feel really new to blogging, and do not know all the ins and outs so bear with me and cross your fingers that it will work. I couldn't pass up the chance to join Maria Dismondy's monthly Let's Make A Difference link party since the topic this month is trustworthiness. This is one of my most successful lessons I have done so far. I did this lesson with 5th graders my first year as a counselor when I was teaching Character Counts.
I did not tell the students we were discussing Trustworthiness, because I did not want to give anything away. I began by telling the students that over the weekend I went to this amazing specialty candy shop out of town and brought them each back a little piece of chocolate because it was so good. I handed every student a little piece of the chocolate and asked them to please wait and not eat it until I said it was okay. I just said I want to be fair and have it all at the same time. I really built up the hype for how good this chocolate was and they were so excited that I brought them some. (Here is the kicker: the chocolate is NOT from a specialty shop; it's UNSWEETENED baking chocolate) When I give them the okay, all the kids eat their piece of chocolate. They immediately start gagging and wanting to spit out the chocolate; its hilarious!! The best part is they start saying, "Hey, you lied" or "you tricked us." And I say, that's right I lied to you. Then to make amends I tried to offer them a wrapped up Reese's cup and they don't even want to take it, because they think I'm lying again. It is a perfect message: It only takes one lie to lose someone's trust, and it takes a lot of effort to gain it back. They say after that, they will never trust me again. It's so funny.
This fun idea is a great intro to any lesson on trust. It fits well with the Wall of Turst activity, because its the same message of building someone's trust and tearing it down with one lie.