Learning about Kindness through Literature
Why is it Important to be Kind?
Students will be learning about what it means to be kind and what kind actions they can do to make them good friends. We will work on writing a story about an act of kindness and create a "Kindness Counts" book sharing different instances that they have been kind. This unit will culminate in a Sock Drive project that lets us extend our kindness to those in need during this winter season. I will need volunteers to help out with this project, so if you are interested, please let me know!
Discussing Kindness with Your Child
Some Great Books About Kindness
This is a fabulous book about a little mouse with a unique name. She is teased at school because of her name, but in the end, it is some simple acts of kindness that make her appreciate her name more than ever.
The Invisible Boy
This is a story about a boy who is ignored at school and feels invisible. When a new student arrives, some simple acts of kindness make this boy feel like he isn't invisible anymore.
A touching story about a girl who wishes she had said the kind things she wanted to say to one of her classmates before she moved away
The Invisible Boy
How you can help with this unit at home!
Activities for Home
#2: Between you and your child, please pick a book that you read at home or have read at home that exhibits some acts of kindness. Using the chart provided for this activity, please have them illustrate and write two actions and why they were kind actions.
#3: In an effort to help students see that it is important to take what we have learned about being kind and stretch it out beyond our island, we will be participating in a Sock Drive to help deliver socks to those in need during the winter months. Please discuss with your child the importance of being kind to not just others, but others that we don’t know, and how that kindness can really have an impact on someone’s life. Please write down anything important that you think your child said. We will be talking about the project tomorrow in class, and students will be creating posters to help bring in socks for the Sock Drive. These discussions and sentences below will be great content for our posters!
Like I said above, I will send home the activity sheets for these lessons by the end of the week. However, if for some reason, one gets lost or becomes scratch paper for the next amazing work of art by your child, feel free to email me and I can either send another one home or email you the document.