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Community Meeting

Welcome Odakotah!


  • Odakotah
  • Kindness Cheer – Click here to listen
  • Odakotah’s Story – Click here to listen

Greeting Objective

The learners will be introduced to their kindness mascot, Odakotah.


  • Students sit in a circle.
  • The teacher introduces one of the class’s mascots, Odaktotah, the puppy.
  • Briefly explain that Odakotah got his name from the Native American language, as they believed dogs were
           loyal, protective, and very kind. Odakotah means “kind.”

Hint: While explaining Odakotah’s background, pass Odakotah around the circle.

Three Step Greeting

  • To welcome Odakotah, the class will listen to the “Kindness Cheer” sung by Odakotah.
  • Next, the students will chant the cheer together.
  • Conclude by everyone welcoming Odakotah.

Class: "We welcome to our class, Odakotah!"


Engagement Objective

The learners will learn information about Odakotah’s background.


  • The teacher will be a puppeteer and have Odakotah introduce a story about his history.
  • Students listen to the story about Odakotah. Click here to listen to the story.
  • Discuss the three ways that Odakotah mentions about being kind to people, animals, and the environment.
  • Conclude by discussing kind ways to treat Odakotah in the classroom. (This is a good time to mention where he will be located in the 
           classroom and respectful handling rules).

Note: On the back of the booklet about Odakotah is a quote about kindness: “When everything’s blustery and you’re feeling flustery, remember you have friends who care.” - Winnie the Pooh. Discuss at another community meeting. You can even post it in your classroom!


End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

ASCA: Grade K, PS:A1.2 Identify values, attitudes and beliefs.

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