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!
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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. 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
- 3-6 Lesson Plans: Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change
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
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.
A grassroots kindness movement with the mission of making our world a kinder place through a fun activity for all ages.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day provides a book list, activities, and a “Be a Hero Be Kind” poster.
Become RAKtivists! Get inspired by these great ideas – and brainstorm more!
Free from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, including posters, bookmarks, a 2021 Kindness Calendar, and a Kindness Bingo game!
Teach Kindness: Events 2020-21
November 13 World Kindness Day
November 27 RAK Friday (in place of Black Friday!)
January 25-29 Great Kindness Challenge
February 15-21 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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