The Goose with the Golden Eggs
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
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:
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
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
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
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)