Kindness. by how you treat them. The Kind Gorilla GORILLA

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-…œÜˆ˜}œÌ…iÀÃ̅iÞ>ÀiÛ>Õ>Li by how you treat them The Kind Gorilla You might not believe it if confronted by a 400-pound male beating his chest while hooting and throwing branches in a defense display, but gorillas are gentle animals. /…iÞ½Ài iÛi˜ Ûi}iÌ>Àˆ>˜Ã° œÀˆ>à «ÀiviÀ̜>ۜˆ``>˜}iÀÀ>̅iÀ̅>˜ÃÌ>ÀÌ>w}…Ì° v̅Ài>Ìi˜i`]̅iÞ“ˆ}…ÌÜ>Ž`ii«ˆ˜Ìœ̅i vœÀiÃÌ]µÕˆȉÞ>˜`Ș}i‡wi]ˆ˜܅>̈ÃV>i` ºÃˆi˜Ìyˆ}…Ì°» /…i>À}iÃ̏ˆÛˆ˜}«Àˆ“>ÌiÃ]Ìܜ“>ˆ˜ÌÞ«ià œv}œÀˆ>íi>ÃÌiÀ˜>˜`ÜiÃÌiÀ˜®ˆÛiˆ˜7iÃÌ >˜` i˜ÌÀ>ƂvÀˆV>°Ƃ>Àii˜`>˜}iÀi`]“œÃ̏Þ from loss of habitat in mountains and lowlands. œÀˆ>à ˆÛi ˆ˜ Ó>] ÃÌ>Li v>“ˆÞ }ÀœÕ«Ã V>i` ºÌÀœœ«Ã» ܈̅ ÕÃÌ > viÜ ˆ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Ã œÀ Õ« ̜ Îä° /…iˆÀ i>`iÀ] >˜` v>̅iÀ œv ̅i ޜ՘} ˆ˜ ̅i }ÀœÕ«] ˆÃ >˜ œ`iÀ “>i V>i` >ºÃˆÛiÀL>VŽ°»i}iÌÃ̅ˆÃ˜>“iLiV>ÕÃi>Ì >LœÕÌ ̅i >}i œv £Î] ܅i˜ …i LiVœ“ià >˜

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KINDNESS SHOWING OTHERS THEY ARE VALUABLE BY HOW YOU TREAT THEM WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? FOR TEACHERS 7…Þ`œiÃÌi>V…ˆ˜}̅iÛ>ÕiœvŽˆ˜`˜iÃÓ>ÌÌiÀ̜ you as a teacher and in the lives of the children you Ìi>V…¶

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FOR KIDS Kindness may seem like an innate virtue, but it is a «À>V̈Vi`Έ°˜œÜˆ˜}̅>ÌޜÕV>˜ŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃà in a variety of situations and how to do that is ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌvœÀŽˆ`ðˆ˜`˜iÃÃŜՏ`˜œÌLiÀ>˜`œ“] it should be constant. Kindness - Showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.

Febuary: Write a kindness haiku, then make a PowerPoint, 9œÕ/ÕLiۈ`iœ­Ãii\…ÌÌ«Ã\ÉÉÜÜܰޜÕÌÕLi°Vœ“É Ü>ÌV…¶Ûr}i-“ xÇƂ“}®]œÀœÌ…iÀ`ˆ}ˆÌ>«ÀiÃi˜Ì>̈œ˜œv your haiku.

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KINDNESS QUOTES

º iŽˆ˜`]vœÀiÛiÀޜ˜iޜÕ“iïÃw}…̈˜} a hard battle.” - Ian MacLaren (John Watson)

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop

“A word of kindness can warm three winter months.” - Japanese Proverb THE BIG IDEA IN THE COMMUNITY >ÛiޜÕÀÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃÃLÞ`œ˜>̈˜} ˜iÜœÀ}i˜ÌÞÕÃi`LœœŽÃ̅ÀœÕ}…̅i˜œ˜‡«ÀœwÌ œÀ}>˜ˆâ>̈œ˜ˆŽE œœŽˆiíÜÜÜ°“ˆŽ>˜`LœœŽˆiðœÀ}®°-ÌÕ`i˜ÌÃV>˜i>Ûi“iÃÃ>}iȘ̅i books they donate for future children that will receive the book.

“The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey.” - Sarah Fielding

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.” - James M. Barrie

THE BIG IDEA AND THE STAFF “As obvious as the 800 pound gorilla in the room, your kindness to your students has great appeal!” ƂÌÌ>V…̅ˆÃ˜œÌi̜>L>˜>˜>>˜`Å>Ài܈̅ޜÕÀ Ìi>V…iÀð­>Û>ˆ>Liˆ˜̅i*Àˆ˜Ì>LiÃÃiV̈œ˜® CELEBRATING THE BIG IDEA IN THE SCHOOL ,i>`ÃÕ}}iÃ̈œ˜Ãœ˜…œÜ̜ÃiiVÌÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃi>V… “œ˜Ì…ˆ˜̅iœÜ/œ1Ãi/…ˆÃ-ÌÕvvÃiV̈œ˜°-ii ̅i*Àˆ˜Ì>LiÃÃiV̈œ˜vœÀ ˆ}Î,i«œÀÌ >À`Ã̜ use as drawing entries. We show kindness when we treat others as valu>Li°/…ˆÃ“œ˜Ì…]}ˆÛiޜÕÀŽˆ˜`ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̅i6* ÌÀi>̓i˜Ì°,œœÕÌ̅iÀi`V>À«iÌ>Ã̅iÞi˜œÞ> «ÀˆÛ>ÌiÃVÀii˜ˆ˜}œv>“œÛˆi>LœÕÌ>Žˆ˜`}œÀˆ>] ˆ}…ÌÞœi9œÕ˜}­À>Ìi`*]vÀœ“£™™n®° KINDNESS

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K-2 Lesson Plans Tell a neighbor what you think the word “Kindness” means.

Who is the kindest person you know? In what ways is that person kind?

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Write answers on the board, making a list of qualities of a kind person.

ˆÃVÕÃÃ…œÜ̅iÃÌÕ`i˜Ìý`iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜Ãœv̅iܜÀ` were similar or different to the one written on the board. Kindness is a trait worth rewarding! -…œÜޜÕÀÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ>>À}iÃÌ>VŽœvÓ»ÝÇ»ÃÌÀˆ«Ã œv«>«iÀ­“i>ÃÕÀi“i˜ÌÃ`œ˜œÌ…>Ûi̜LiiÝ>VÌ – the longer you make your strips, the quicker the V…>ˆ˜܈Ài>V…̅iyœœÀ®°*œˆ˜ÌœÕÌœ˜iŽˆ˜`̅ˆ˜} you saw a student or the whole class do recently. 7ÀˆÌi̅>ÌÃÌÕ`i˜Ì½Ã˜>“i­œÀ̅iV>ÃØ>“i®œ˜ the strip of paper and tape it in a circle. Secure the circle to the ceiling, so that it is hanging down so as to make a paper chain. iÌÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃŽ˜œÜ̅>Ì>“œ˜Ì…œ˜}ޜÕ܈ LiÜ>ÌV…ˆ˜}vœÀ>VÌÃœvŽˆ˜`˜iÃð >V…̈“iޜÕ catch them in an act of kindness, you will write the ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì½Ã˜>“iœ˜>ÃÌÀˆ«>˜`>``̅iˆ˜Ž̜̅i V…>ˆ˜°7…i˜̅iV…>ˆ˜Ài>V…iÃ̅iyœœÀ]ޜÕV>˜ …>Ûi>V>Ã뜫VœÀ˜«>ÀÌÞt Do you think animals can show each other they are valuable by treating each other well, too? ,i>`>LœÕÌ̅iˆ˜`œÀˆ>ˆ˜̅i œÀi ÃÃi˜Ìˆ> Values materials.

7œÕ`>Žˆ˜`«iÀܘ“>Ži>}œœ`vÀˆi˜`¶7…Þ œÀ܅Þ˜œÌ¶ Raise your hand if you have a phone that rings in your house. Do your parents ever let you answer the phone? Ask a few volunteers to stand up, mime picking up a phone and share one kind way to answer a phone. 7…ވÈ̈“«œÀÌ>˜Ì̜LiŽˆ˜`܅i˜>˜ÃÜiÀˆ˜}> «…œ˜i¶ What is a synonym? Look up the word “kindness” or “kind” in a thesaurus and pick out ten synonyms. Write these words on the board. Discuss what you know about these ten words. Do ޜÕŽ˜œÜ>˜Þœ˜i̅>Ì…>Ãœ˜iœv̅iÃiµÕ>ˆÌˆiö 7…œ¶ Check out this quote by Aesop: ‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’ What do you think that quote means? What are some small acts of kindness?

/iޜÕÀV>ÃÃ̅>Ì“>˜ÞÌÞ«iÃœv}œÀˆ>Ã>Ài VÀˆÌˆV>Þi˜`>˜}iÀi`>˜`iÝ«>ˆ˜܅>Ì̅ˆÃ“i>˜Ã° Write students’ answers on the board. ˆÃVÕÃÃÜ>ÞÃÜiV>˜Û>Õi̅i}œÀˆ>>˜`œÌ…iÀ i˜`>˜}iÀi`ëiVˆið

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K-2 Lesson Plans Has anyone heard of a Random Act of Kindness? The idea is to go out of your way to make someone feel valuable in a way you would not normally do. And it is even better when the act is directed at someone random! Random Acts of Kindness started off small but now there is a whole week devoted to them! That week happens to be in the month of February! February 9-15. œ̜…ÌÌ«\ÉÉÜÜÜ°À>˜`œ“>VÌÜvŽˆ˜`˜iÃðœÀ} `ÕÀˆ˜}̅ˆÃÜiiŽ>˜`iÝ«œÀi>̅i>“>∘} kindness ideas from simply smiling at people you pass in the hallways to eating lunch with someone ˜iÜ°I Ý«œÀi̅ˆÃÜiLÈÌiœÕÌÈ`iœvV>ÃÃ]̜œ° There are great kindness resources here for educators* Choose three of your favorite random acts of Žˆ˜`˜iÃÃ>Ã>V>ÃÃ>˜`V…>i˜}iiÛiÀޜ˜i̜ V>ÀÀÞ̅i“œÕÌ̅ÀœÕ}…œÕÌ̅iÜiiŽˆ˜`ˆÛˆ`Õ>Þ] œÀˆv̅i>V̈Ï>À}ii˜œÕ}…vœÀ̅i܅œiV>Ãà ̜«>À̈Vˆ«>Ìi]Vœ“iÕ«܈̅>«>˜̜“>ŽiˆÌ …>««i˜t What words do you think of when you hear the words “good manners”? Having good manners is a great way to show kindness and make someone feel valuable. What are some ways people make the President feel valuable? ,i>`ܓiv՘v>VÌÃ>LœÕÌ>̅i«ÀiÈ`i˜ÌÃœv ̅i1-Ƃ>Ì…ÌÌ«\ÉÉÜÜÜ°“ˆÃÌiÀ}ܜÀ`°Vœ“É£Ó‡ääÓ° htm. ƂÎޜÕÀV>ÃÃ̜«ÀiÌi˜`̅iÞ“iÌ̅i«ÀiÈ`i˜Ì œv̅i1˜ˆÌi`-Ì>ÌiðœÜܜՏ`̅iÞÕÃi̅iˆÀ “>˜˜iÀÃ̜ŜÜ…ˆ“É…iÀŽˆ˜`˜iÃö

There are a lot of valuable people in this school. The principal keeps us all on the right track. The school nurse helps us feel our healthiest. The bus drivers get us here each morning and take us home each afternoon. Who are some other valuable people at this school? Write the names of certain people in your school and how they are valuable to the school on the Lœ>À`°7…i˜ޜÕ>Àiw˜ˆÃ…i`]«>ÃÃœÕÌœ˜i piece of red construction paper to each student. Talk with them about what symmetry means by drawing a few symmetrical shapes on the board and creating a line of symmetry down each one. Instruct students to draw a line of symmetry down their red pieces of paper with a pencil. Then fold the piece of paper along that line. When all the papers are folded, show students how to draw half a heart along the spine of the fold. Then pass out scissors and show students how to cut along ̅iˆ˜i̅iÞ`ÀiÜ°7…i˜̅iÞ>Àiw˜ˆÃ…i`VÕÌ̈˜}] have them unfold the piece of paper to reveal the ܅œi…i>ÀÌ° ˆÃVÕÃÃ̅iˆ˜iœvÃޓ“iÌÀÞ`œÜ˜ the middle of the heart. Let students write and decorate a kindness valentine note inside the heart to one of the people you discussed written on the board. />Ži>ÌÀˆ«>ÀœÕ˜`̅iÃV…œœ̜`iˆÛiÀ̅i valentines and see how much kind words mean to œÌ…iÀÃt “Has anyone ever heard of the golden rule? What is it?” ,i>`Do Unto OttersLÞ>ÕÀˆiiiÀ°Ƃà a class, explore the following interactive slideshow about the golden rule and kindness vœÕ˜`>Ì…ÌÌ«\ÉÉiÝV…>˜}i°Ã“>ÀÌÌiV…°Vœ“É `iÌ>ˆÃ°…Ì“¶ˆ`riÓÓiLÈ>i‡ä™>>‡{nΙ‡™>™ä‡ ixx{nnäÈiV`Ó°ƂÃޜÕ`ˆÃVÕÃÃi>V…ψ`i]}ˆÛi students the opportunity to come to the board and manipulate the smart board on their own. ˆÃVÕÃÃ܅>Ì̅i}œ`i˜ÀՏi…>Ã̜`œ܈̅ Žˆ˜`˜iÃÃ>˜`܅ވ̓ˆ}…ÌLi>˜ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌÀՏi̜ have in your classroom.

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K-2 Lesson Plans What is the kindest thing anyone has ever said to you? Before class, purchase one two new pencils for each student in your classroom. On one pencil, towards the eraser end, tape a small acrostic «œi“œvi>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì½Ã˜>“ipÜ̅i«i˜Vˆ œœŽÃˆŽi>y>}°­ˆ°i°\œÞvՏ] ˜iÀ}ïV] i>Ì] ˆVi 9œÕ½Ài>ÃÌ>Àt®°/œ“>Ži̅i>VÀœÃ̈V«œi“Ã]ÕÃi plain note cards or cardstock to write the student’s name vertically. Then, next to each letter, write one nice word or short phrase to describe that «iÀܘ°*>ÃÃLœÌ…«i˜VˆÃœÕÌ̜ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃpœ˜i with their name poem and one without. Put all the students’ names in a hat or bowl. Tell students they are going to write an acrostic poem like the one on their pencil for another classmate. Allow students to draw names, making sure they do not pick their own. Pass out cardstock or note cards and crayons. If possible, have the students write their acrostic poems in secret, attach them to the new pencil and turn them in to you to review. Then, pass out the anonymous student-made poems. Discuss how it felt to receive those kind words from your teacher and how it felt to receive those kind words from your classmates. Did one feel LiÌÌiÀ̅>˜̅iœÌ…iÀ¶œÜ`ˆ`ˆÌvii̜ÜÀˆÌiŽˆ˜` ܜÀ`Ã>LœÕÌi>V…œÌ…iÀ¶7…>Ì`œiÃ̅>ÌÌiÕà >LœÕÌ̅iˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ViœvŽˆ˜`˜iÃö

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Kindness counts! Let’s read a story about how a few special friends demonstrated kindness and then write our very own kindness books! ,i>` A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead. In advance, take pieces of paper and write these sentence prompts at the bottom with room to complete the sentence, one prompt «iÀ«>«iÀ\ºÞvÀˆi˜`ψŽiˆÌ܅i˜o»]ºŜÜ others they are valuable when…”, “Friends can be counted on to…”, “I am kind when I…”, “The best way to show my family they are valuable ˆÃLÞo»]ºˆ˜`˜iÃÓi>˜Ão»°>Žii˜œÕ}… photocopies that each student has one full set of sentences. After reading the book, pass the sets of sentences out and help each student complete ̅iˆÀÃi˜Ìi˜Við7…i˜̅iÞ…>Ûiw˜ˆÃ…i`ÜÀˆÌˆ˜}] give them time to illustrate their sentences on the blank space above. Collect the pages to laminate and bind them together so each student has their ÛiÀޜܘˆ˜`˜iÃà œœŽ° >ÛiÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃŽii«̅iÃiLœœŽÃVœÃiLÞ> “œ˜Ì…̜Ài“ˆ˜`̅i“…œÜˆ“«œÀÌ>˜ÌŽˆ˜`˜iÃÈÃt

FEBRUARY 2015

KINDNESS SHOWING OTHERS THEY ARE VALUABLE BY HOW YOU TREAT THEM

3-5 Lesson Plans When we all work together to be kind, it can be a beautiful thing! Pick up a wire wreath at your local craft store. You could also take apart a metal coat hanger and bend in the shape of a wreath. Gather odds and i˜`ÃœvÀˆLLœ˜Ãœv>`ˆvviÀi˜ÌÈâiÃ>˜`VœœÀð You could also use curling ribbon found in the }ˆvÌÜÀ>«ÃiV̈œ˜œvޜÕÀVÀ>vÌÃ̜Ài° >V…̈“i throughout the month you observe a student being kind call them up and brag on them. Let them choose the ribbon they want and they can tie it on to the wreath. /i̅iÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̅>Ì܅i˜Üi`œŽˆ˜`̅ˆ˜}à for others, it will in turn come back to us, like the VˆÀVՏ>ÀÅ>«iœv̅iÜÀi>̅]܅i˜ܓiœ˜i`œià ܓi̅ˆ˜}Žˆ˜`vœÀÕð Showing kindness means to show others they are valuable by how you treat them. This activity will explore the “others” in the `iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜œv̅iÛ>Õi°˜̅i“ˆ``iœv̅iLœ>À`] write the word “others” with a circle around it. Ask students what they think the “others” means ˆ˜̅i`iw˜ˆÌˆœ˜°-œ“iiÝ>“«iÃ>Ài«iœ«i] animals, nature, and property. Write their answers Vœ“ˆ˜}œÕÌvÀœ“̅iܜÀ`ºœÌ…iÀû° ˆÛˆ`i̅i class into as many groups as “others” that they thought of. Give each group one of the “others” ̅>Ì̅iÞ̅œÕ}…Ìœv°>Ûi̅i“LÀ>ˆ˜Ã̜À“ ëiVˆwVÜ>ÞÃ̅iÞV>˜ŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃȘ̅iˆÀ situation.

œÃiLޏiÌ̈˜}ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃÅ>Ài̅iÜ>ÞÃ̅iÞ V>“iÕ«܈̜̅ŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃð

It’s important to show kindness with our actions, but it’s also important to show kindness with our words.

Ý«>ˆ˜̅>Ìi>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì܈«>À̈Vˆ«>Ìiˆ˜̅ˆÃ activity one day this month. Choose a student to }œwÀÃÌ°>Ûi̅i“È̈˜vÀœ˜Ìœv̅iLœ>À`܈̅ their back to it as close to the board as they can get. The rest of the class will think of something kind to say about the student seated in front of the board without telling them. Let them write it on the board so it frames the student sitting down. Tell the student sitting down they can’t look just yet. Once students are done writing, take a picture of the student. Print the picture out to give to the student so they will always have that reminder of all the kind things their classmates Ã>ˆ`>LœÕÌ̅i“°>ŽiÃÕÀi̅>Ìi>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì gets an opportunity do this throughout the month. ƂÎÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ܅>̈ÌviiÃˆŽi̜…>ÛiÜ“>˜ÞŽˆ˜` ̅ˆ˜}ÃÃ>ˆ`>LœÕÌ̅i“°“>}ˆ˜i܅>̈̓>Žià œÌ…iÀÃviiˆŽi܅i˜ÜiÃ>ÞŽˆ˜`̅ˆ˜}Ã̜̅i“° Guerilla warfare: “sudden unexpected attacks ECTTKGFQWVD[CPWPQHƂEKCNOKNKVCT[ITQWR or groups that are trying to change the government.” Let’s change it up and show Gorilla Kindness!

Ý«>ˆ˜̜ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̅>̈˜ÃÌi>`œvLiˆ˜}>«>ÀÌ of guerilla warfare, they will be a part of a guerilla kindness mission. Think of small ways throughout the day that students can surprise people with kindness. Some examples would be to hold the door open from the playground for a whole class, write encouraging notes to put in teachers’ mailboxes, write thank you notes to hand to the cafeteria workers as they go through the line, write positive messages on the sidewalk with chalk, etc. Have students share about what they observed ܅i˜Vœ“«ï˜}̅i}ÕiÀˆ>Žˆ˜`˜iÃÓˆÃȜ˜° ˆ`̅iÞÃiiӈiÃ]…i>À˜ˆViܜÀ`Ã]vii…Õ}ö

˜VœÕÀ>}iÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̜`œ>̏i>ÃÌœ˜iŽˆ˜`̅ˆ˜} each day.

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KINDNESS SHOWING OTHERS THEY ARE VALUABLE BY HOW YOU TREAT THEM

3-5 Lesson Plans A simple act of kindness can go a long way.

How you treat something that’s valuable?

Show the following video clip about the New York «œˆViœvwViÀ܅œLœÕ}…Ì>…œ“iiÃÓ>˜ܓi ÜVŽÃEŜiÃ\…ÌÌ«\ÉÉޜÕÌÕ°LiÉ{Ә7 iŽÝâ9Ü° ­Ó\Σ®

Gather a few valuable objects such as an electronic device, a wedding ring, glass vase, etc. Gather also a couple of non-valuable objects such as a playground ball, pencil, folder, etc. Call for a few volunteers up to the front of the >ÛiÃÌÕ`i˜ÌëÀi`ˆVÌ…œÜ̅iȓ«i>VÌœvLiˆ˜} room and have them stand in a line next to }ˆÛi˜ŜiÃV…>˜}i`̅i…œ“iiÃÓ>˜½Ãˆvi° each other. Begin with the non-valuable objects and instruct them to pass them down the line to each student. Next, do the same thing with Let’s celebrate the 100th day of school by the valuable objects. Ask the class to make showing kindness to 100 people! observations about how they passed the valuable items compared to the non-valuable objects. ˆÛˆ`i£ääLÞ…œÜiÛiÀ“>˜ÞÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃޜÕ…>Ûi Ask the students to explain how passing the ˆ˜ޜÕÀV>Ãð >V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì܈LiÀi뜘ÈLi valuable objects is similar to showing kindness. for showing kindness to that many people. For /…iÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̜œŽ}Ài>ÌV>Àiˆ˜«>ÃȘ}̅i iÝ>“«i]ˆvޜÕ…>ÛiÓxÃÌÕ`i˜ÌȘޜÕÀV>ÃÃ] valuable objects just as we should take care of ̅iÞ܈i>V…̅ˆ˜Žœv{«iœ«i̅>Ì̅iÞÜ>˜Ì̜ «iœ«i>˜`ŜÜ̅i“Žˆ˜`˜iÃð ŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃÃ̜°>Ûi̅i“ÜÀˆÌi̅œÃi˜>“ià œ˜{*œÃ̘̇œÌið*ÕÌ̅i*œÃ̘̇œÌiÃœ˜> «ˆiViœvV…>ÀÌ«>«iÀ̈̏i`£ääƂVÌÃœvˆ˜`˜iÃð One way to show kindness is to cheer someone Throughout the month, as they perform their act up who may be feeling “blue”. of kindness let them tell the class about it then put a star or other sticker on the Post-It note of Using light blue paper or crayons, the color the person they wrote down. this month, have students create cards to cheer someone up. They could write silly poems or draw

iiLÀ>Ìi܈̅>Ø>VŽ]iÝÌÀ>ÀiViÃÃ̈“iœÀܓi silly pictures in their cards. œÌ…iÀ>««Àœ«Àˆ>ÌiÌÀi>Ì܅i˜>̅i«iœ«iœ˜̅i *œÃ̘̇œÌiÃ…>ÛiÀiViˆÛi`̅iˆÀ>VÌœvŽˆ˜`˜iÃð

œiVÌ̅iV>À`Ã̜Žii«ˆ˜̅iV>ÃÃ̜ÕÃi ̅ÀœÕ}…œÕÌ̅i“œ˜Ì…܅i˜>ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì˜ii`Ã> ˆÌ̏iV…iiÀˆ˜}Õ«vÀœ“>L>`}À>`i]Ã>`iÛi˜Ìˆ˜ Sharing kindness can be a chain reaction. their family, etc. Give students some dominoes and let them work together to set up a domino chain. Let them all watch as they get knocked down. Now tell ̅i“̅>Ì̅iwÀÃÌ`œ“ˆ˜œޜÕŽ˜œVŽi``œÜ˜ represents someone doing a kind deed for someone else. Use this image to explain the idea œv«>ÞˆÌvœÀÜ>À`Æ̅>Ì܅i˜œ˜i«iÀܘ`œiÃœ˜i kind deed, that person will do another kind deed vœÀܓiœ˜iiÃi>˜`Üœ˜°ˆÛii>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÎ œv̅iˆ˜`˜iÃà >À`Ș̅i*Àˆ˜Ì>Li-iV̈œ˜>˜` V…>i˜}i̅i“̜«>ÞˆÌvœÀÜ>À`̜Ϋiœ«i° Brainstorm some deeds of kindness that the students could easily do.

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Hold up a boomerang and ask students if they know what it is. If possible, go outside and let students take turns trying to throw it so it returns. Let’s see how kindness can be like this boomerang. -…œÜ̅ivœœÜˆ˜}ۈ`iœ\…ÌÌ«\ÉÉޜÕÌÕ°LiÉ ˜ÜƂ9«6Þi1°­x\{{®°ƂÎ̅iÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ…œÜ the kindness shown in the video was like a boomerang. Close with this fun outside activity. Have students «>À̘iÀÕ«܈̅>vÀˆi˜`°ˆÛii>V…«>ˆÀ>«>«iÀ «>Ìi°7…ˆi˜œÌ>Lœœ“iÀ>˜}]̅iÞ܈ÕÃiˆÌ̜

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KINDNESS SHOWING OTHERS THEY ARE VALUABLE BY HOW YOU TREAT THEM

3-5 Lesson Plans «œÀÌÀ>Þ̅iˆ`i>œvŽˆ˜`˜iÃÃLiˆ˜}ÀiÌÕÀ˜i`̜ ̅i“°ƂÃœ˜iÃÌÕ`i˜Ì̜ÃÃiÈÌ̜̅iˆÀ«>À̘iÀ] ̅iÞ“ÕÃÌÃ>Þܓi̅ˆ˜}Žˆ˜`>LœÕÌ̅i“°/…i «>À̘iÀ܈̅i˜ÀiÌÕÀ˜̅i«>«iÀ«>ÌiLÞÃ>ވ˜} ܓi̅ˆ˜}˜ˆVi>LœÕÌ̅i“° A message of kindness can make us smile! >ÛiÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ}iÌ܈̅>«>À̘iÀ>˜`̅ˆ˜Žœv> kind statement or something that would brighten someone’s day. Use the following website to VÀi>Ìi>+,Vœ`iœv̅i“iÃÃ>}i\…ÌÌ«Ã\ÉÉÜÜÜ° ̅i‡µÀVœ`i‡}i˜iÀ>̜À°Vœ“É°-ÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ܈̅i˜ print off the code and decide somewhere to post it somewhere in the building. "˜Vi>Vœ`iÃ>Ài…Õ˜}]}œœ˜>ÃV>Ûi˜}iÀ hunt as a class to scan the codes to reveal their “iÃÃ>}iÃœvŽˆ˜`˜iÃð Our bodies can do amazing things. Some of those things are good and some are not so good. Choose a student to lay down on a piece of butcher paper. Trace around the student and cut out. Attach to the wall in the classroom. Brainstorm how different parts of our body can do things that are hurtful and how they can show kindness. For example, our mouth can say mean things to others or it can say kind things. Our hands can be used to hit someone or to help someone who has dropped their books. Our eyes can be disrespectful by rolling them at an adult or can show kindness to someone who is alone. Let students make labels to point to each body part with how it can be kind and unkind. The labels can be written on index cards or typed on a computer. -ÌÕ`i˜ÌÃV>˜`iVœÀ>Ìi̅i«>«iÀÃÌÕ`i˜ÌœÀ>`` VœÌ…iÃ̜ˆÌ°,iviÀi˜ViˆÌ̅ÀœÕ}…œÕÌ̅i“œ˜Ì… ܅i˜ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌØii`>Ài“ˆ˜`iÀ>LœÕÌLiˆ˜}Žˆ˜`° What do you know about human rights? This can be a sensitive topic so choose what is appropriate for your students. Use the following KINDNESS

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ÜiLÈÌi\…ÌÌ«\ÉÉÜÜܰޜÕ̅vœÀ…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…ÌðœÀ}É i`ÕV>̜ÀÃÉ`œÜ˜œ>`ð…Ì“°*Àˆ˜Ìœvv̅iºiÃܘ  œÜ˜œ>`\7…>Ì>Ài…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…Ìö œœŽiÌ»° Print off enough so each student in the class will have one. If there are some you’d rather not use, you could have students partner up. This will come at the end of the activity. Post them around the room. Give a brief explanation about what human rights are. Instruct students that you will }ˆÛi̅i“n‡£ä“ˆ˜ÕÌií>`ÕÃÌ̅ˆÃ>ÃޜÕÃii wÌ®̜Ü>Ž>ÀœÕ˜`>˜`Ài>`̅i…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…Ìð They should be silent and not talk to each other. If they don’t know or understand one, just tell them to skip over it. Playing quiet music in the background will help create a more serious tone. This will probably bring up questions so after the time limit, allow time for students to digest what they’ve read and ask any questions. Below are some questions to guide discussion: £° œ̅iÃi…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…ÌÃŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃöœÜ¶ Ó° >˜ޜÕ̅ˆ˜ŽœviÝ>“«iÃ̅>Ì>˜Þœv̅iÃi Àˆ}…ÌÃ>Ài˜œÌLiˆ˜}Õ«…i`¶7…ˆV…œ˜iö ΰ7…ˆV…œ˜i­Ã®>ÀiޜÕ“œÃÌ̅>˜ŽvՏvœÀ¶ Tell all students with blonde hair that they must stand for the remainder of the day and not use their chairs. Of course, don’t make the students stand the whole day, but have them stand through the next few minutes of discussion. Ask the other students if they think that is fair. Tell them they have to stand because they have blonde hair. Ask ̅iœÌ…iÀÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÈv̅iÞ̅ˆ˜Ž̅ˆÃˆÃv>ˆÀ¶/…iÞ should answer it is not because they didn’t do anything wrong nor can they help the color of their hair. Wrap up the discussion by saying that the human rights are all about showing kindness to one another.

œÃi̅i>V̈ۈÌÞLÞ}ˆÛˆ˜}i>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ìœ˜iœv ̅i…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…ÌÃ̅>ÌÜ>Ã`ˆÃ«>Þi`>ÀœÕ˜`̅i Àœœ“°9œÕV>˜ÃÌÀ>Ìi}ˆV>Þ…>˜`̅iÃiœÕÌ̜ «Ài‡`iÌiÀ“ˆ˜i`ÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃœÀÕÃ̏iÌ̅i“V…œœÃi° v̅iÀi>Ài˜œÌi˜œÕ}……Õ“>˜Àˆ}…ÌÃÈ}˜ÃvœÀ i>V…ÃÌÕ`i˜Ì]iÌ̅i“«>À̘iÀÕ«܈̅ܓiœ˜i iÃi°>Ûi̅i“ÜÀˆÌi>ÀiyiV̈Ûi«ˆiVi>LœÕÌ̅i ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜Viœv̅iÃi…Õ“>˜Àˆ}…ÌÃ>˜`…œÜˆÌ½Ã ˆ“«œÀÌ>˜Ì̜ŜÜŽˆ˜`˜iÃÃ̜œ˜i>˜œÌ…iÀ°*œÃÌ these in the hall for others to read and learn about …Õ“>˜Àˆ}…Ìð

FEBRUARY 2015

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3-5 Lesson Plans Sometimes it can be hard to show kindness when it is not being shown to you. -…œÜ>˜ˆ“>}iœv̅i œÀ“>˜,œVŽÜi painting “The Trouble We All Live With”. Ask if any students know who the girl is or what is …>««i˜ˆ˜}ˆ˜̅i«ˆVÌÕÀi° œ̅iÞ̅ˆ˜Ž̅iˆÌ̏i }ˆÀˆÃˆ˜ÌÀœÕLi¶ œ̅iÞ̅ˆ˜Ž̅i“i˜>Ài }œœ`“i˜œÀL>`“i˜¶ iÝÌ]iÌÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃÀi>` ̅iÃ̜ÀÞœv,ÕLÞ Àˆ`}ið/…iÀi½Ã>Žˆ`‡vÀˆi˜`Þ ÛiÀȜ˜œv…iÀÃ̜ÀÞ…iÀi\…ÌÌ«\ÉÉÜÜÜ°Žˆ`âܜÀ`° Vœ“É>À̈ViÉÓÎäηÀÕLއLÀˆ`}iÇLˆœ°ˆÛiܓi time for students to react as this may or may ˜œÌLi̅iwÀÃÌ̈“i̅iޏi>À˜œvÃi}Ài}>̈œ˜° ˆÃVÕÃÃ܅iÀiŽˆ˜`˜iÃÃ]ˆv>˜Þ]Ü>ÃŜܘˆ˜̅i story. Give students a piece of paper and let them create their own picture. Tell them the picture is V>i`º-…œÜˆ˜}ˆ˜`˜iÃû°iÌ̅i“ˆ˜ÌiÀ«ÀiÌ what that means and how it would look. iÌÃÌÕ`i˜ÌÃ̅>ÌÜ>˜Ì̜Å>Ài̅iˆÀ«ˆVÌÕÀi>˜` ̅i“i>˜ˆ˜}Li…ˆ˜`ˆÌ°

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