Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on to others
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Research shows that students who learn in a positive classroom environment have a better school experience. They enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate and are overall happier at school.
To help schools across the country build and sustain positive classroom environments, The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation developed a new series of lesson plans and activities to teach kindness in the classroom. We selected a few local schools to start using these lesson plans in a special pilot program. So far, we've seen first-hand that practicing kindness in the classroom transforms kids which leads to positive learning environments. Using the feedback from these teachers, we will continue to update these materials to ensure their effectiveness.
The lesson plans and activities listed below are fun and easy to teach. Each lesson plan meets multiple Colorado Department of Education academic standards, and work within existing standards of other school districts.
We encourage you to use these plans in your classroom and provide feedback so we can fine tune them for use by others. With your help, we'll build an excellent resource for every teacher to teach kindness in the classroom and help create positive learning environments for the kids.
If you are already teaching kindness in your classroom, we'd love to hear about it. You can submit a lesson plan that's worked well for you in your classroom or share a general kindness story to inspire others.
A special thank you to these Colorado schools for implementing the pilot program during the 2011-12 school year: Rocky Mountain Academy, Thomson Elementary, and Marshdale Elementary.
After completing this lesson, students will be able to analyze how avoiding negative peer pressure shows kindness toward themselves and can positively influence their mental health.
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This skit was originally written to help children come to an understanding of what it means to care. Through participating in and watching the skit being performed, students will be introduced to the building blocks of kindness which is "kindness means caring for others". The discussion questions challenge participants to think about what they learned from the skit. The 'Try it Out' section encourages students to make a commitment to live the kindness principle in their own lives, to keep track of how and when they show kindness, and discuss what they learned at a later date.