Overcoming Obstacles


Standards Addressed

  • Students will identify and express feelings.
  • Students will use drawing and writing to compose informative and explanatory texts that name and supply information about the topic.
  • Students will explore and create meaning through conversation, drama, questioning, and storytelling.

objectives

  • Students will understand what kindness is.

  • Students will explore ways they can show kindness and how others have shown them kindness.

  • Students will understand that kindness is easy to give.

materials

  • “Ways to Show Kindness” Educator Resource (“I Do”)

  • “Kindness Cards” Activity Sheet for each student (“We Do”)

  • “Kindness Story,” "Kindness Picture," or “Kindness Coloring” Activity Sheet for each student (“You Do”) 

  •  Drawing supplies for each student (“You Do”)

  • “Kindness Bingo” Activity Sheet for each student (“Homework Extension”)

  • "The Lion and the Mouse" Educator Resource ("Literature Extension")

Starter (5 minutes)

Ask students to remember a time when someone either said or did something nice for them (for example, someone said something nice about their clothes, someone helped them clean up). Then have students share how this made them feel. Tell them these are examples of kindness. Say, “An act of kindness can mean so much to another person. Today we’re going to explore how to show kindness to others.” 

Teacher Presented Knowledge / I Do (10 minutes)

Display or distribute the “Ways to Show Kindness” Educator Resource and review it with students. Say, “There are many ways we can show kindness to other people. This sheet lists eight different ways, which we'll go through now.” Then ask, “Can anyone tell me how these show kindness?” Review each of the following examples from the “Ways to Show Kindness” Educator Resource:

  1. Use your listening ears
  2. Invite someone to play with you 
  3. Say something nice to someone
  4. Smile
  5. Raise your hand
  6. Share with others
  7. Say "thank you"
  8. Help a friend clean up

As you read through the points above, model and/or specify to students why these are kind actions (for example, helping a friend clean up lets them know you care about them and can make them feel happy). Point out to students that performing most acts of kindness is not difficult to do. Say, "Not only is being kind important for all of us to do, it is easy, too!"

Guided Student Practice / We Do (20 minutes)

Note: Before class, use the "Kindness Cards" activity sheet to create a “Kindness Card” for each student. Do this by writing their name at the top of the card, listing up to five of their classmates in the space below their name, and cutting the card out (each activity sheet contains four cards).

Say to students, “Now, we are going to practice what it’s like to be kind to one another. I am going to give each of you a ‘Kindness Card.’ On this card are the names of some of your classmates. For the next 10 minutes, you are going to go to a person on your list and perform an act of kindness for them." (Remind them about what they learned in "Ways to Show Kindness.") "Then, place a check in the box next to their name. Once you have done something nice for everyone on your list, give the cards back to me and return to your seat.”

Distribute the cards and tell students to start, helping them as needed. Once everyone has finished and returned to their seats, ask volunteers to share one of the nice things they said to someone else and how it made them feel to make that person happy.

Student Independent Practice / You Do (20 minutes)

Distribute drawing supplies and the “Kindness Story” activity sheet to each student. Tell students to draw in the box a picture of a time when either they showed kindness to someone or someone showed kindness to them. Then, have students write a sentence or two below the box to describe their drawing.

Once students have finished, ask volunteers to share their drawings/stories with the class. 

Alternatively, if you prefer, you can have your students complete one of the following activities instead:

  1. Kindness Picture: have students draw a picture of a time when either they showed kindness to someone or someone showed kindness to them. Then, have them trace the word "Kind" in the space below the picture.
  2. Kindness Coloring: have students color the picture in the activity sheet. Then, ask volunteers to share with the class a time when either they showed kindness to someone or someone showed kindness to them.

Closure (5 minutes)

Share the following quote with students, "Spread kindness like confetti." Ask volunteers to share what they think this means. Remind students that not only are there many ways to show kindness, it's easy too. Encourage them to perform acts of kindness every day.

Student Assessment

  1. What is kindness?
  2. What are ways you can show kindness to someone?
  3. How does it make a person feel when you show kindness?

Extensions for Lesson 5: Kindness

Art Extension

Distribute markers and poster board to students. Have them work in small groups or independently to create “It’s cool to be kind” posters showing ways they can be kind to someone every day. 

Drama Extension

Have students act out scenarios where they show kindness to others.

ELA Extension

As a class, create a “Kindness Calendar” with examples of how to be kind every day of the week. Encourage students to do the acts of kindness on the calendar each day.

Homework Extension

As a class, identify different ways students can show acts of kindness. Use the suggestions to create a “Kindness Bingo” card with this template (bit.ly/kindessbingo). If you prefer, you can use the included PDF.

Tell students that their goal over the next week is to perform as many acts of kindness from their “Kindness Bingo” card as possible. Consider offering a prize for students when they fill their cards (for example, a “Kindness Recognition” certificate, a movie day, a longer recess).

Literature Extension

Read Aesop’s Fable "The Lion and the Mouse" to students (see “The Lion and the Mouse" Educator Resource). Use the following questions to spark discussion:

  1. Why did the Lion let the Mouse go?
  2. What did the Mouse do to repay the kindness of the Lion?
  3. What do we learn from the story of the Lion and the Mouse?

Music Extension

Show students the video "Sesame Street: Try a Little Kindness" (youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4). Have students identify the examples of kindness shown in the video. Then, as a class, create your own song or cheer about kindness.

Activity Sheets

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Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].

Customize This Activity Sheet

Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].

Customize This Activity Sheet

Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].

Customize This Activity Sheet

Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].

Customize This Activity Sheet

Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].

Customize This Activity Sheet

Using Google Slides, you can customize every Overcoming Obstacles activity sheet in the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.

Click on the button below to open a link to the Google Slides version of this activity sheet. In order to begin editing the file, you will first need to save a copy of the slide to your Google account. You can do this by selecting “File” and then “Make a Copy.”

If you have any questions or need assistance with our Activity Sheet Customization feature, please contact us at [email protected].


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