Celebrate kindness in your classroom for the Great Kindness Challenge on January 22-26, 2024 or any day of the year. I am sharing kindness tips and ideas on how to celebrate world kindness day with your students.
This year more than ever, we need to recognize kindness. Teach your students how to be kind and show them how good it feels to be kind to others. Celebrate kindness by recognizing and promoting acts of kindness. Read through to the FREEBIE at the end!
It is so important to model and teach our students how to be kind. Even the smallest act of kindness can have a far greater impact than kids can imagine. Kindness is a mindset. Being kind is a choice and we need to teach our students the benefits of making a choice to be kind. Acts of kindness can brighten the receiver’s day but it makes the giver feel good too.
Celebrate Kindness: Ways to Show Kindness
Celebrate kindness by writing all the simple ways we can show kindness to others. I like to have my students collaborate and brainstorm ways to demonstrate kindness. The simple and easy things that are done every day. The groups share their lists with the whole class and we create an anchor chart of “Ways We Can Show Kindness”.
Celebrate Kindness: Writing About Kindness
After creating an anchor chart, my students write to a prompt about how they show kindness. My primary students answer the prompt “I show kindness by” and create a bullet list of three kind acts. My upper elementary students write to the prompt “I am kind because”. They complete the sentence stem with a paragraph to include at least three acts of kindness.
They add a “selfie” drawing to their prompt page – your students can draw a self-portrait or you can take photos of your students to glue to their writing page.
Celebrate Kindness: Acts of Kindness Choice Board Challenge
For a kindness challenge, I assign my students a Kindness Choice Board. They have to complete at least 3 acts of kindness throughout the week and color in a square for each act of kindness completed. I also challenge my students to complete the ENTIRE choice board. I give a special little treat (candy, chips, or a small toy) and a certificate to students who complete EVERY choice on the choice board.
Celebrate Kindness: Kindness Coupons
Finally, I give my students three “Kindness Coupons” Students choose three different people to gift an act of kindness. It could be a teacher, family member, friend, neighbor, coach, etc.
Celebrate Kindness: Kindness Award
When all of the activities are completed, I hold an award ceremony to celebrate our kindness challenge. Students who have completed all of the kindness activities receive a “Kindness Award” and color and wear an “I choose to be Kind” (paper) ribbon.
The writing activity makes a great bulletin board display to show the ways your students demonstrate kindness in school and at home. Just hang your students’ kindness writing and add a title! So easy and cute.
Celebrate Kindness: FREEBIE
As a thank YOU for stopping by and reading tips from my classroom to yours, I’m giving you a FREE “Ways We Can Show Kindness” student brainstorming page that also includes a mini-tutorial on how to create perfect anchor charts!
Want to just print the Kindness Activities I created? Check it out on TPT:
Have FUN celebrating KINDNESS in your classroom!
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