KEY to Kindness
The learners will list several KEY ways to be kind to others.
- Share the definition of kindness: Treating all living things gently with care and compassion.
- Teacher explains that the key will be passed around the circle again; however, this time each student will state an idea of how to be kind to people, animals, or the environment when they receive the key.
- Say good morning to others on the way to school.
- Help someone with a math problem.
- Give your dog/cat an extra hug.
- Pick up the notebook paper stuck in a bush.
- List the ideas on the inside of a large key (key could be drawn on chart paper, etc.)
- Conclude by emphasizing that kindness is the KEY to helping others to have a positive day.
Extension: On a bulletin board, hang the large key with the classroom ideas written on it. Whenever a student
does one of these kind ideas, they could hang a real key up on the bulletin board next to the kind idea. (Have a
basket of old keys next to the bulletin board. You could also screw in a cup holder hook by each key idea, so students could easily hang their key next to the kind idea. You may want to add “Other kind deeds” onto the key.)
Finish up your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day. Then end with this friendly reminder:
And remember, YOU are the Key to KINDNESS!
Send home the “KEY to Kindness” activity directions. Encourage families to focus
on kind tasks they could do for each other at home. Download Letter