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.
Students will learn about personal space and boundaries.
Students will learn that feelings influence behavior.
Students will learn a variety of emotions and identify appropriate ways to express them.
Students will learn that using good manners when speaking is a way to be kind.
Students will learn effective listening skills as a way to show kindness.
Students will learn problem-solving strategies and how to make kind choices using those strategies.
How Can I
Students will learn what it means to be kind and how to apply kindness skills at home and school.
How Can We
Students will learn that there are kind and respectful ways to play and work together.
Students will examine what respectful behavior looks and feels like in themselves and others.
Students will learn how to stay positive and control their emotions so they can keep trying.
This unit builds students’ abilities to put empathy into action and offer kind things to say.
Complimenting others allows students to practice acknowledging and valuing everyone for who they are.
Students will learn how to identify, label and express their emotions in kind and healthy ways.
How I Treat Myself
and Others Matters
Students will learn to manage differences & interact with peers in safe and respectful ways.
Students learn what true friendship is, and how to make and be a good friend.
Students will learn the difference between beliefs and opinions & how to be respectful of each.
Students learn to identify and manage emotions induced by stressors.
Students learn to make responsible choices and treat others with kindness in their communities.
Students learn to identify peer pressure and develop skills to make the right choices.
Students will learn how to respond to various social situations with honesty and integrity.
Students will learn to show empathy and respect for others in various social situations.
Students will learn to recognize who and what influences their behavior & learn to make positive choices.
Students will understand the consequences of violent and bullying behaviors and how to respond as an upstander.
Students will learn to be aware of their emotions how to be kind to themselves.
Students will learn to resolve conflicts in respectful and kind ways.
Students will learn to effectively use mental and emotional processes to help them succeed in kind ways.
Students will learn to consciously listen in order to check assumptions, change attitudes and show respect for others.
Students will learn to express personal needs in effective ways while showing empathy to build positive, healthy relationships.
Students will learn how stress affects them and effective methods for coping with stress.
Students will learn how to show compassion & understanding for others’ challenges.
Students will learn to recognize bullying and understand what they can do about.
Students will learn about identity and how their perceptions of self are influenced.
Students will learn how to identify negative peer pressure ways to safely avoid it.
- 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.
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®.
- Focusing Strategies
- Building Trust
- Problem Solving Strategies
- Resolving Conflicts
- Lesson Exploration
- Kindness Concepts
- Kindness Concepts (Spanish)
- Kindness in the Classroom Overview for Parents
- A Sample Letter to Parents
- Creating Kind Schools
For Diverse Learners
A few useful tools to help you teach kindness skills to everyone in your classroom.
- Collaborative Learning
- MTSS and RAK Guide
Out of School Program
Lessons and activities to inspire and empower kids who are in after / out of school programs.
- Download RAK 4 Kids
High School Lessons
Help high school students care for themselves by becoming aware of and managing their emotions.
- Download Unit
- Program Overview
- Teacher Self-Assessment
- Student Self-Assessment
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'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.
I want to teach and lead by example kindness for my students.
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 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!