Recognize opportunities for random acts of kindness in daily life
Learn to help others without expecting anything in return
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
Activity 1 (10 minutes)
Materials: 3-5 newspapers (depending on number of students), pens. All newspapers should be from the same day.
Kindness Search: Divide up the class into groups of 4 or 5. Explain the rules of the game first. You will give each group a newspaper and they must find and circle 5 examples of acts of kindness. The first group to find 5 acts of kindness is the winner. Pass out the newspapers and pens and start the activity when all groups are ready.
Activity Debrief: Have a leader from each group stand up and share two of their favorite acts of kindness from the newspaper.
Activity 2 (10 minutes)
Give each group a scenario. Have them create a short skit where they present the scenario, give a creative solution idea, and include some kindness suggestions. Each member of the group must play a role in the skit. Have the groups share their skit.
Scenario 1- A new kid in school looks lost.
Scenario 2- An elderly neighbor, who does not drive, is trapped inside her home after a bad snowstorm.
Scenario 3- One of the kids in your school does not have a coat. He is getting cold waiting for his parents to pick him up after school.
Scenario 4- Your 8 year old neighbor is standing outside his house after being dropped off by the school bus. He appears locked out.
Scenario 5- Your classmates have been picking on one of the new students in school. She sits next to you in class.
Discussion Questions (10 minutes)
Can you think of some random acts of kindness that you have done recently?
How do you feel when you do something kind for another person?
Do you think your act of kindness will affect how the person treats others? If so, how?
Can individual acts of kindness really change the world?
Smile (5 minutes)
The simplest act of kindness is to smile. Read the following article. Choose which version to read based on the grade level and ability of your class. Have the students discuss what they understood from the reading, how they feel when others smile at them, and how smiling improves their own mood.
“A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes last forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich with it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone unless it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile, give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.”
“A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes last forever…It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, [and] sunshine to the sad…Yet, it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone unless it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile, give them one of yours, [because they are the ones who could use it the most.]”
Chillness N’ Stillness Time (1 minute)
Wrap-up/ Week Activity (5 minutes)
∙ Random Acts of Kindness Box: Make a RAOK box and place it in the classroom. Have the students drop in submissions (anonymous) of their random acts of kindness over the week. Share some of the submissions the following week.
∙ Summarize this week and introduce next week’s topic