KINDNESS IN THE CLASSROOM®
Don't expect kindness in schools—teach it!
Download our FREE K-8 lesson plans, lead a kindness project or form a kindness club at your school. Our curriculum features developmentally appropriate, standards-aligned lessons that teach kids important Social Emotional (SEL) skills.
Students will learn to show respect and care to others.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn about personal space and boundaries.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn that feelings influence behavior.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn a variety of emotions and identify appropriate ways to express them.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn that using good manners when speaking is a way to be kind.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn effective listening skills as a way to show kindness.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn problem-solving strategies and how to make kind choices using those strategies.Download Individual PDFs:
How Can I
Students will learn what it means to be kind and how to apply kindness skills at home and school.Download Individual PDFs:
How Can We
Students will learn that there are kind and respectful ways to play and work together.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will examine what respectful behavior looks and feels like in themselves and others.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how to stay positive and control their emotions so they can keep trying.Download Individual PDFs:
This unit builds students’ abilities to put empathy into action and offer kind things to say.Download Individual PDFs:
Complimenting others allows students to practice acknowledging and valuing everyone for who they are.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how to identify, label and express their emotions in kind and healthy ways.Download Individual PDFs:
How I Treat Myself
and Others Matters
Students will learn to manage differences & interact with peers in safe and respectful ways.Download Individual PDFs:
Students learn what true friendship is, and how to make and be a good friend.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn the difference between beliefs and opinions & how to be respectful of each.Download Individual PDFs:
Students learn to identify and manage emotions induced by stressors.Download Individual PDFs:
Students learn to make responsible choices and treat others with kindness in their communities.Download Individual PDFs:
Students learn to identify peer pressure and develop skills to make the right choices.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how to respond to various social situations with honesty and integrity.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to show empathy and respect for others in various social situations.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to recognize who and what influences their behavior & learn to make positive choices.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will understand the consequences of violent and bullying behaviors and how to respond as an upstander.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to be aware of their emotions how to be kind to themselves.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to resolve conflicts in respectful and kind ways.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to effectively use mental and emotional processes to help them succeed in kind ways.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to consciously listen in order to check assumptions, change attitudes and show respect for others.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to express personal needs in effective ways while showing empathy to build positive, healthy relationships.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how stress affects them and effective methods for coping with stress.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how to show compassion & understanding for others’ challenges.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn to recognize bullying and understand what they can do about.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn about identity and how their perceptions of self are influenced.Download Individual PDFs:
Students will learn how to identify negative peer pressure ways to safely avoid it.Download Individual PDFs:
- Unit Introduction
- Lesson 1: Egg and Bottle
- Lesson 2: Peer Pressure
- Lesson 3: Ways To Respond To Peer Pressure
- Lesson 4: Real Time Response
- Optional Lesson: Facing Tough Situations Book Report
- Optional Lesson: Standing Up For The Rights of Others Research Project
- Standards Key
- Spanish Unit
- Implementation Model
- Required Materials List
Students will analyze internal factors that contribute to mental and emotional health.Download Individual PDFs:
UK Lesson Plans
Download our FREE lesson plans made especially for educators in the UK. They cover foundation stage through year 6 and teach important social emotional skills and kindness concepts.
FREE Training MaterialsComprehensive training materials to quickly get you & your whole school ready to teach kindness to your kids. View Training Materials
Additional Educator ResourcesVarious resources to help ensure your success teaching kindness to your kids.
Culture and Climate Tools
A set of tools to help you successfully implement Kindness in the Classroom®.
Out of School Program
Lessons and activities to inspire and empower kids who are in after / out of school programs.
Start A Kindness Club
Check this download for tips on how to get started creating your own kindness club.
What educators & students are saying about our materials:
I just wanted to thank you for publishing the wonderful lesson plans to use in my classroom. I am a second grade teacher and have been consciously teaching kindness for the past few years to my students. I stumbled upon your site and lessons this Fall and love them! They are well thought out and purposeful and I am enjoying using them with my students! I appreciate the work you've put into them!!!
I'm so tired of my students being disconnected to each other, to their teachers, to their families. Today we had a student expelled for using the n-word. When I discussed the incident with my class, they said that they hear that EVERY DAY! I was shocked. I want to make a change in my school. I want them to look up from their phones, connect to other people, and be kind.
Students and teachers at my school can always include and receive more kindness in their lives and I want to help them do that.
I believe the next generation of children and even adults need to be reminded that there is goodness in the world, especially with all the tragedy. I am a school counselor and would like to bring more RAK ideas to my campus.
Working in all girls' boarding I am increasingly concerned that social media and pressures young girls are facing day to day are having a huge impact on heir ability to form healthy relationships. I am hoping that by introducing [Kindness in the Classroom] to the boarding house, girls will begin to be more outward looking at their behaviour and try to overcome the difficulties they face as an age group.
I want to be a better example to my family, especially my 13-year old daughter, of how to spread kindness and peace in our lives.
As a school counselor, I have noticed the change in our middle school students through the years. We have more conflict among students and hurtful words thrown out without a thought as to the damage inflicted on others. I would like to spark a change in our students.
I want to teach and lead by example kindness for my students.
I learned that you can always be kind to somebody. There is always time.
These lessons were easy to teach and well organized. Thanks for offering them for free!