(Follow Up) Did the lie the boy told save him from trouble? Why or why not?
(8) The monster sat on the boy. On what body part was the monster sitting?
(Answer) The boy’s stomach.
(Follow Up) When the monster lie first appeared, what size was it?
(9) The boy asked his parents what they were going to do to him for lying, what did they say or do?
(Answer) The parents went to discuss the situation.
(Follow Up) In the middle of the story, what size was the monster lie? (Gigantic)
(10) Explain what happened to the monster lie when the boy told his parents the truth.
(Answer) It got small again; it left; it became regular size again.
(Follow Up) Do you remember where the lie was at the end of the story?
Draw the monster (in either size, both sizes, or any size you choose).
List the names the boy called the lie.
List where the boy thought the lie went after he told the truth.
Write a note of apology to your mom and dad for lying about eating the cookies. (You may want to include your own punishment for lying)
Show the child a picture of the monster that is in the book when it is small and large. Discuss how and why the monster grew so enormous. Say, “Let’s read the story to see if you are right!”
Show the student a picture of a cookie jar. Discuss what would happen at their house if they ate all the cookies. Ask if they would get all the blame from Mom and Dad and would they tell the truth to their parents if asked. Say, “In our story today a little boy must deal with this exact situation. Let’s read and see what he does!”
Have flash words containing the words: truth, lie, not guilty, guilty, right, wrong, good, and evil. Ask student to group the cards according to similar concepts. Discuss. Say, “Today we will see the choice a young boy makes and how the choice affects his day.”
This resource is provided by KYREADS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.