We know that acts of kindness and small gestures can bring joy to others, and by helping others, we in turn benefit especially in these stressful, uncertain times. In fact, by thinking about and doing things to help others, we can actually reduce our own anxiety.
In this activity, you will help your students understand how kindness benefits everyone! It is made up of two parts:
- A brainstorming worksheet to help them think about acts of kindness and the people they care about
- A worksheet with cut-outs they can use to create notes to brighten someone’s day
Instructions: Print out (or send) the brainstorming worksheet and cut-outs worksheet (above) for your students. And along with the worksheets, you may want to share your thoughts and ideas about what kindness may look like and how being kind to others will make them feel.
You can have your students add the brainstorming worksheet to their social emotional learning journal or you can use this lesson as a stand alone activity.
- Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion by Gabi Garcia and Ying Hui Tan
- Kindness Starts With You – At School by Jacquelyn Stagg
- A Little SPOT of Kindness! by Diane Alber