Activity Introduction

“Still, happiness is found in little things. Storms pass.”

Good authors often include a moral in their story to teach their younger readers about right and wrong behaviour. Can you find the moral behind some common phrases, and create your own moral tale?

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • think and connect

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

Encourage kids to move beyond reading texts literally to search for deeper meanings.

Ask questions such as:

  • Why do you think the author wrote this book? Were they trying to get you to think about something or learn something?
  • When this happened in the book, what did it show about the characters?
  • Did the characters change from the start of the book to the end? What did they learn?
  • What was the most important part of the book? Why? What did it show? How did it show that?

Lesson & Curriculum Details

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About the book.

Where Happiness Hides, a picture book by Anthony Bertini, with illustrations by Jennifer Goldsmith. This is a story that shows there is a silver lining in every dark cloud. Anthony Bertini himself explains the project beautifully:

“This book will offer hope. It will be free to everyone in the world to read and enjoy as many times as they want. Yes, it is a children’s picture-book, and the story reflects what we tell our children every day: happiness can be found in simple things. But it is more than that. It is something we tell ourselves in times of hardship and worry. It is a story that helps all of us remember what is important.

“Right now, COVID-19 is forcing us to look for joy and happiness in the least obvious places. We know in our hearts that it is found in the small things. It is always there, hidden in plain sight.”

Where Happiness Hides offers us, through simple and succinct storytelling, a reminder of how these moments of happiness can be found. 

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Storms Pass: Morals In Stories - Activity Instructions

“Still, happiness is found in little things. Storms pass.”

Good authors often include a moral in their story to teach their younger readers about right and wrong behaviour. Can you find the meaning behind some classic fairy tales, and create your own moral tale?

Step 1. Read the story Where Happiness Hides.

Step 2. Kids’ books especially are designed as parables: short, simple stories that contain a moral or lesson to teach the reader an important way of acting in the world. 

Morals can usually be summed up in a simple phrase, such as “the early bird catches the worm". 

What could be the moral lessons these lines from the book are trying to communicate?

•  “Happiness hides in little things.”
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•  “Sometimes ice-cream melts.”
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•  “Rainbows come with rain.”
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Step 3. Can you think of

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