Lesson 19:
Fairy Tales
Of Responsibility

Objective:          To teach the traits of being industrious and working hard through familiar stories.


One important aspect of responsibility is the acceptance of a good work ethic.  Children need to be taught young that
anything worth having is worth working for.  This lesson focuses on the points of diligence, persistence, perseverance,
and simple hard work.  To be diligent means to be hardworking.  To work hard means to be careful with all your school
When you are diligent, you never give up.  You are persistent!


1.)    Read the story of the Three Little Pigs aloud to your students.  (The students are probably very familiar with it, but
they may not remember the details.)  Ask your students to rewrite the story in their own words, explaining why one pig
was more industrious than the others.  Invite several volunteers to read their stories to the class.

Discussion Questions:     How did the third little pig’s hard work help others?
                     Why is diligence a good trait to have?


2.)    Remind your students of the story of The Little Red Hen who worked hard to make bread all by herself, or read
the story aloud.  

a.)  Explain how, in much of the work we do today, we must depend on others to do their jobs so that we can         
do ours.  Tell them that unlike the little red hen, our society has different groups of people to do the         
things necessary to make bread.

b.)  Divide your students into five groups, one for each of the following job categories: Farmers, millers, truck         
drivers, bakers, and grocery clerks.  

c.)  Have the groups form one line across the room, beginning with the farmers, followed by the millers,         
bakers, truck drivers and grocery clerks.  

d.)  Explain that each group will act out their job, one group at a time.  The farmers should pretend to plant and
harvest the grain; the millers should pretend to grind the grain into flour; the bakers should pretend to make
the bread, and the truck drivers pretend to drive the bread from the bakers to the store where the clerks         
sell it.  

e.)  Have the students do their assigned work down the line twice.  Then ask the millers to sit down.  

f.)  Start the process again.  Note that the bakers cannot make bread if the grain has not been ground to flour.  
The truck drivers have no bread to deliver to the stores and the store clerks have no bread to sell.  

g.)  Repeat the activity, asking a different group to sit down.  

Discussion Questions:        How does one group’s lack of work impact on the other groups?
                                      What happens when one person on a team doesn’t try very hard to accomplish
                                     the task/job?