Kindness Activities

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Kindness activities and much more can be found right here! Everything you need when teaching kindness is a click away. Teaching kindness in the classroom is essential especially in classrooms across the world.  Create a culture of kindness in your classroom or school that will make a huge impact on your students.  Teaching kindness in the classroom starts with you dear teacher!


What does kindness LOOK like and SOUND like?

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If you are looking for a great way to start teaching kindness in the classroom, check out these kindness activities for teaching kindness in the classroom.  Activities are great for a variety of grade levels and anchor charts are included. You may choose to conduct a teacher-lead lesson with one of the anchor charts and then provide students with a copy allowing them to complete the anchor chart.  You know your students and are best able to judge your student’s needs.


Model KINDNESS for your students

Teaching kindness in the classroom should start with you demonstrating the type of kindness you expect from your students.  Be sure to model and give many examples of what you expect.

Teaching KINDNESS quotes

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Incorporate kindness activities and kindness quotes to 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!


KINDNESS Read Alouds

Children enjoy listening to stories.  Be sure to incorporate read aloud and other texts that promote kindness.  Here are a few of my favorites:


Promote friendships and group work

Intentionally plan activities and lessons that offer students a chance to work together, practicing being kind and supportive of each other.  I know we 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.

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Kindness Activities: Create a KINDNESS chain

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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. Teacher Tip: Use the punch cards below to help promote kindness. Each act of kindness receives a "punch" on each student's punch card. Use this as an opportunity to teach responsibility and encourage students to keep up with their punch cards.   

The Kindness Club

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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.