How to Challenge Your Classroom to Be Kind This Week
Kick off The Great Kindness Challenge Week with our Favorite Kindness Resources
Every year during the last week of January, we partner with The Great Kindness Challenge (GKC) a global initiative that empowers schools to create a culture of kindness through empathy, sustainability, and philanthropy. This year, we’re kicking off The Great Kindness Challenge week with our favorite kindness resources. Even if your school has not signed up for the GKC, it is not too late to participate in events and activities that can inspire your students to be kind, active citizens. Check out our ideas below, and let us know what your schools are doing this week to promote kindness!
Kindness Through Reading
Integrate kindness and empathy into your literacy and ELA curriculum: whether you use the novels as a group read-aloud or individual selection, choose books that deal with mental illness, culturally variant perspectives, or bullying. Be sure to engage in group discussion and writing exercises that examine the way the characters in the novels are either affected by or engage in random and purposeful acts of kindness.
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Kindness Through Art
Involving kids in crafts gives them the opportunity to deck the halls with their kindness, and celebrate the movement. From ‘acts of kindness’ paper chains to postcards, any craft that can be displayed or shared (think door decorating!) is a great way to celebrate the importance of compassion. Check out our Pinterest Board for more crafty kindness inspiration!
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Kindness Through Sustainability
Practicing viewing situations from another’s perspective and engaging in empathy is a crucial competency for robust social and emotional learning. Your students can practice this awareness by thinking about animals and wildlife. Considering how their actions might impact another being’s experience on the planet might spark some deep exercises in empathy and perspective taking, and students can connect to specific animals by studying endangered species. The Endangered Species Coalition has a page dedicated to involving young people in their work, and a list of science lesson plans and activities.
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Kindness Through Service
Is your class interested in a different kind of service project? Consider participating in the Kind Coins for Mexico campaign, an extension of The Great Kindness Challenge. Your class can help build a school and friendship center in in Tijuana, Mexico through fundraising and word-of-mouth efforts. Encourage compassion, empathy, and global citizenship by connecting your students with their counterparts in Tijuana, teaching them about Mexican culture, and showing how small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on another child’s life.
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How are you challenging your class to be kind this week? Let us know in the comments below!