Students are introduced to the power of kindness through words or actions and encouraged to aim for one kind word or action a day.

Objectives

  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to describe how a kind word/action can positively affect themselves and others.
  2. Affective: Students will develop empathy and identify ways to be understanding of others.

Materials

Journals, writing utensils

Teacher Prep

Optional: Write quote(s) on the board.

Exercises

Time Activity Notes
1 min
  • Explain the power of kindness through words or actions, focusing on the power of small acts or words of kindness.
  • Encourage students to think about one kind word or action they can give each day to another person.
2 min
  • Ask students to recall a time when someone did something kind for them and how that felt. Have students discuss or journal briefly about those feelings.

Optional: Have them discuss powerful kindness quotes.

Sample quotes: Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~­Mark Twain

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. ­~Scott Adams

10 min Choose 1 of the following:

Option 1: Have students write for 3 minutes about one kind or thoughtful thing they can do today to make someone in their life feel valued. Ask them to write down:

  • the person’s name
  • what kind or thoughtful action or words they have planned for that person
  • why they think that action will make the person feel valued

Have students share in pairs, small groups, or to the class either what they plan to do and/or how it feels to plan kind actions for another person.

Option 2: Have each student write his or her name on a small piece of paper and place in a box or basket. Have each student draw one person’s name. For that person, ask students to write on the back of the paper:

  • one kind message to that person to make that person feel valued (the student writing the message may choose to keep it anonymous or to leave his or her name)

Have students place the papers back into the box or basket. If necessary, read through them first. Distribute to the students whose names are on the papers. If you do not wish students to receive individual messages, you could read aloud the kind words without mentioning names.

Have students share in pairs, small groups, or to the class how it feels to offer kind words to another person.

3 min Wrap up the activity by asking how it feels to both give and receive kindness. Optional discussion: How might you know that a friend, acquaintance or family member is in need of kindness?

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged?

Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Ensure all students have an equal chance to share
  • Encourage students to be respectful, open, and reserve judgment
  • Auditory Cues: ”Friends” “Peer” “Support”

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