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. Teaching kindness in the classroom starts with you, dear teacher!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.