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Assembly Title
The Goose with the Golden Eggs

Submitted by
J. Scrutton

Age Group

To know that we have feelings that make us do bad things and that we should try to think about the consequences of our actions before we respond to our feelings

Props = assortment of large egg shapes painted gold, a basket for the eggs, a big plastic knife.
Cast = A well spoken child to take the roll of the countryman and someone to take the role of the goose. Children will need some time to practise script

Other Details
Will need to give children involved a quick run through of script before assembly

1. Welcome children

2. Discuss with children the theme for the assembly (feelings - greed)

3. Tell children that we will be retelling a well known fable created by Aesop. (The part of the narrator can taken by the teacher)

4. Discuss who Aesop was. (Born as a slave, became a philosopher who taught people by telling them fables. Ask children if they know any of his fables. Explain to the children that we will be looking at his fable entitled 'The Goose with the Golden Eggs'. Ask the children to think about the moral of the story and what Aesop was trying to teach people.

5. Perform the play as follows:

The Script

Narrator: One day there was a countryman who owned a goose. Everyday the man would walk to his farm to collect the eggs that his goose had laid.

Countryman: I wonder how many she's laid today.

Narrator: The Countryman had many bills to pay and four mouths to feed. He was very poor but he had always been able to sell enough eggs to keep his family happy. But he wished for more.

Countryman: I want to be rich; I want to be able to afford lots of lovely things.

Narrator: That day he couldn't find any eggs at all; he looked at the chicken crossly.

Countryman: You lazy goose where are my eggs? If you don't lay me any eggs I don't know what I should do!

Narrator: Just then, the man saw a glint in the corner of his eye. Underneath the goose he could see something shiny. He moved the goose out of the way and there he found an egg all yellow and glittering. He picked it up and was shocked to find it was as heavy as lead. He shouted at the Goose, for he thought he had been tricked.

Countryman: This is no good - what have you laid for me?

Narrator: He was just about to throw the egg away but decided to take it home. To his delight he found out that it was an egg made out of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred and soon he was very rich. However, as soon as he became very rich, he wanted more and more. And he wanted it now. An idea began to form in his mind.

Countryman: How can I get all of my money, now? Hold on, I've got an idea!

Narrator: The man got the biggest knife he could find and began the walk to his farm. The goose on seeing the man and his knife began to shake in fear. In one swift motion the man cut the Goose in half and opened it hoping to find lots of golden eggs inside. Can you guess what he found?

6. After the role-play ask the children what the moral of the story was (Greed will outdo us). Direct children towards discussing the fact that the countryman got so greedy that he killed his source of income.

7. Ask the children to think about times when they have been greedy (eaten too much, complained about not having enough presents or not being allowed the new Play Station game etc.) then ask them to think about children who are not as fortunate as themselves, children who have nothing.

8. Finally ask the children to think about the unfortunate children the next time they feel greed, and maybe having the next Play Station game is maybe not the be all and end all.

Time for reflection

Lord help us to cherish the things we have.
Help us to fight our bad feelings and to enjoy life as it is.
Thank you for our feelings of love, friendship and sharing.

'He made me' (Let's sing, 2)

S. Daly 2000

Last updated 24-7-12.