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Teach Kindness in Your Classroom

Teach kindness in your classroom. Our world needs it now more than ever.

Just as you plan for teaching literacy or math, plan for teaching kindness. Not just on one day. Not for one week. Integrate kindness into your curriculum through important discussions, engaging books, and meaningful activities all year long.

We’ve got some great resources to help you create a culture of kindness in your classroom – and through the ripple effect, spread kindness into your community and our world!

Teach Kindness in Your Classroom

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What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio shows that every act of kindness is also an act of courage, and how small gestures can make a big difference to other people, animals, the planet, and even oneself. 

What Does it Mean to be Kind?  

Download the FREE Discussion/Activity Guide from the publisher, Sourcebooks, for before, during and after reading ideas.

Before reading: build background, take a picture walk, and review vocabulary (compliment, patient, encouraging).

During reading: focus on the author’s craft and purpose, context clues, and main idea/theme.

After reading: analyze the story’s problem/solution and create an action plan for kindness.

* Instructional Standards for Reading Literature, Writing, Language, & Speaking and Listening Skills are included.

Color Your World with Kindness Video

This two-minute (wordless) animated video by A Better World illustrates how small acts of kindness can change the feelings and attitudes of others and can cause the kindness to be passed on. 

The NED Show created a lesson plan to accompany the video that includes discussion starters and a “Keep Kindness Going” printable activity.

Also available from NED (Never Give Up. Encourage Others. Do Your Best.) are lesson plans featuring the concept of ‘Paying-It-Forward’ through kind actions using these mentor texts.

  • K-2 Lesson Plans:  Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler, The Kindness Quilt, and The Kindness Quilt

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. RulerThe Kindness QuiltEach Kindness

  • 3-6 Lesson Plans: Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change

Pay it Forward Kids

22 Children’s Books That Teach Kids to Be Kind

These books capture the power of a moment of kindness to change a life for the better, as well as the sense of purpose and pride that can come from helping someone. Most importantly, these books teach kids that you don’t have to perform a heroic act to make the world a better place: even small acts of kindness ripple across the world in ways that no one could expect. They’re an excellent way to show young children that their empathy and compassion really can make a difference! – A Mighty Girl

The Be Kind Break is a free program from The be kind people project that offers quick 5-10 minute lessons, videos, and activities that align national academic standards with character education.

Each month the lessons focus on one skill of The Be Kind Pledge which defines the skills of kindness and helps students understand what TO do instead of what NOT to do.

be kind pledge

The Great Kindness Challenge Sign up to participate and receive your free toolkit with everything you need!

The Great Kindness Challenge

The Kindness Rock Project is a grassroots kindness movement with the mission of making our world a kinder place through a fun activity for all ages.

kindness rocks

The Teacher Classroom Kindness Kit from Multicultural Children’s Book Day includes a book list, activities and “Be a Hero Be Kind” poster.

Classroom Kindness Kit

Random Acts of Kindness Become RAKtivists! Get inspired by these great ideas – and brainstorm more!

Teach Kindness: Events 2019-20

November 13 World Kindness Day

November 29 RAK Friday (in place of Black Friday!)

January 27-31 Great Kindness Challenge

February 16-23 Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 17 Random Acts of Kindness Day

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

How will you be teaching kindness in your classroom this year?


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31 Comments

  1. Carla on August 5, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Great ideas! I am making notes of the special kindness dates on my calendar now.

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      Excellent! Events and celebrations are a great way to bring people together with a shared purpose!

  2. Emily on August 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I will teach kindness each week in our class meetings. I will use books and current events to discuss kindness and how our acts can make the world a kinder and better place.

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      Love it! Class meetings are a great place to share books and have important discussions.

  3. Dania on August 5, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    I love all of these! Teaching kindness to our kids is very important, now more than ever. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you for teaching kindness, and good luck with the Giveaway! 😉

  4. Monica on August 6, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Thanks so much for all these fabulous resources!

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      You’re welcome! Teaching and spreading kindness is key!

  5. JoAnn Johnson on August 6, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Our class motto is Work hard and be Kind. I read books about kindness and students complete various activities to learn about kindness and then we practice putting them in practice.

  6. JoAnn Johnson on August 6, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I teach kindness during morning meetings. We read a book about kindness and complete book related activities to practice kindness. Our class motto is Work Hard and Be Kind.

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Morning meetings are a great opportunity for teaching kindness with books and activities!
      What a great class motto!

  7. jen on August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Wow! This post is full of great ideas!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      You’re very welcome! Teaching and spreading kindness is so important!

  8. michelle Miller on August 6, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    not talking trash about other teachers

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      It’s important we support and lift each other up.

  9. Lisa on August 6, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Love the resources. Will definitely be including them in our homeschool and the classes that I teach.

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      Wonderful! Teach & Spread Kindness!
      Pass it on!

  10. Annie g on August 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I teach my students kindness by showing them kindness. I’m a big believer of teaching through actions!

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you for all you do!

  11. Eva Griffin on August 7, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I will teach kindness by modeling kindness and praising students when I see them demonstrating acts of kindness. I am also using picture books with that theme. 🙂

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Love it! Modeling and positive reinforcement are important parts of teaching kindness!

  12. Destiny Taylor on August 7, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    THIS! This is a fantastic list! Kindness is my religion.

    • Julie Yeros on August 7, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Beautiful way to frame it!

  13. NANCY on August 8, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    In my opinion, the best way to teach behavior is by example.

    • Julie Yeros on August 9, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Modeling kind behavior is so important. Thank you!

  14. Sarah on August 10, 2019 at 1:13 am

    I plan on teaching kindness through picture books, hands on activities, etc. Specifically for our first week lesson plans we’re graphing good vs poor behavior choices and discussing how our actions make others feel (I teach pre-k). However, most importantly, I plan on teaching kindness through role modeling and positive praise.

    • Julie Yeros on August 11, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Great ideas! Thank you for making kindness and empathy a focus with your littles!

  15. Brittany Erickson on August 10, 2019 at 3:52 am

    I love this!! You have such a beautiful heart ♥️

    • Julie Yeros on August 11, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for your kindness!

  16. Mrs. Schneider on August 10, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I will teach kindness this year through “equity books” which our whole school reads- one book each month. Books cover topics about being upstanders to prevent bullying, being welcoming to new students and/ or people who are new to the area, tolerating/ accepting/ appreciating differences in others, etc.

    • Julie Yeros on August 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      Wow! We love hearing that your whole school participates in this initiative. Thank you all, and keep up the great work!

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