Kindness activities can be found right here! Teaching kindness in the classroom is essential. Create a culture of kindness in your classroom or school that will make a huge impact on your students. You can make an meaningful impact on students that will last for a lifetime. That is powerful. Teaching kindness in the classroom starts with you, dear teacher! Take the time to fully invest in your students.
If you are looking for a great way to start teaching kindness in the classroom, check out these kindness activities. The activities are great for a variety of grade levels and anchor charts are included. You may choose to conduct a teacher-led lesson with one of the anchor charts and then provide students with a copy allowing them to complete the anchor chart.
Teaching kindness in the classroom should start with you! Demonstrate the type of kindness you expect from your students. Be sure to model and give many examples of what you expect.
Provide meaningful examples for students with scenarios of being rude and unkind verses showing kindness. Ask students to help out and role play examples so they will can relate and make emotional connections.
Incorporate kindness activities and kindness quotes in your classroom. If you are looking for a fun, meaningful way to display kindness quotes, print on a post-it note and tape to each student’s desk. If you laminate and use a command strip, you can change each quote as the school year progresses. My students love reading new quotes, and by having a different quote throughout the school year, they really learn and apply the quote to different situations. It’s so neat to watch and experience!
Children enjoy listening to stories and can learn so much from read alouds. Be sure to incorporate read alouds and other texts that promote kindness. Here are a few of my favorites and ones that I highly recommend:
Intentionally plan activities and lessons that offer students a chance to work together. This gives them the opportunity to practice being kind and being supportive of each other. I know teachers never have any extra time, but planning and allowing students to participate in these activities is definitely not time wasted. Invest this time with your students and have fun! If you are looking for a great team-building activity, check out Save Fred. I highly recommend this activity and a printable resource that can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.
Take time to show and demonstrate your expectations during group work. Provide examples of showing kindness during group work looks like and sounds like.
Create and promote a Kindness Club! A kindness chain is a fun way to get students excited about intentionally being kind to others. Each time you see or hear a student being kind, a link is added to the kindness chain. Once so many links have been earned, a reward is given. The reward could be whatever you choose and doesn’t have to be pricey. Consider 10 minutes of extra recess time or free drawing time. You can customize the rewards to fit your needs and to the liking of your students.
Teacher Tip: Use the punch cards below to help promote kindness. Each act of kindness receives a "punch" on each student's punch card. You can purchase a badge holder from Amazon or Walmart and allow students to wear during the day. This would be helpful for a teacher to quickly give a punch when needed. You wouldn't have to take time for students to get out or find their punch card. Use this as an opportunity to teach responsibility and encourage students to keep up with their punch cards. It's a win, win! Teaching kindness and responsibility!
Everyone loves to be a part of a cool club! Create The Kindness Club in your classroom. This kindness challenge could include tracking each time a student shows an act of kindness. At the end of the month or grading period (when report cards are dispersed), a kindness reward certificate is provided by the teacher. Remember, teaching kindness to students doesn’t have to be over the top. Just make sure you are intentionally promoting and modeling kindness when teaching kindness to students.
Really play this up! Make being a member of the Kindness Club special and honorable. You can have lunch with students or invite someone special in the building to have lunch with members of the Kindness Club. I think a picini would be a fun, meaningful idea.