On several occasions, we’ve discussed how important it is to add the topic of kindness to your at-home/classroom learning.
I think a super interesting way to shake things up and do this (especially if your learning is starting to feel, um, stale) is to pair up a theme topic with a book or movie.
(How much more interesting can learning be than reading a book and then doing the lesson or watching a movie and doing a lesson?)
Check out these four amazing kindness books and the free lesson plans and activities to go with the book.
4 Awesome Kindness Books for Kids + Lesson Plans
The Kindness Quilt is a book about random acts of being nice that are placed on paper “quilt” sheets.
The book description:
Minna and her classmates have been asked by their teacher, Mrs. Bloom, to work on a Kindness Project. Mrs. Bloom wants them to do and draw and share an act of kindness.
Minna and her family do lots of kind things, but Minna can’t decide which one is right for her project.
Then she starts writing and drawing and cutting—and an idea for a paper quilt picturing many acts of kindness begins to take shape!
Important lessons about being kind to each other are depicted in NANCY ELIZABETH WALLACE’s charming artwork using origami, recycled paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
Also, with the lesson, you’ll get discussion questions about the book, a vocabulary list, a writing activity, create a kindness jar & more!
GET THE FREE LESSON (ages 5-8)
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler is a perfect book the younger ones (good for ages kindergarten to second grade).
When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her kindergarteners to miss recess, she’s got a special plan up her sleeve. She’s about to teach a new golden rule:
KINDNESS IS COOL!
Soon the entire class is doing so many good deeds that their kindness bulletin board barely fits their classroom!
From clearing the table after dinner, to helping the elderly, one kindergarten class is proving that kids really can make a difference.
Count along with Mrs. Ruler’s class. Can all their good deeds really add up to 100 acts?
Also, with the lesson plan for this book, you’ll get a vocabulary list, discussion starters, and two different hands-on kindness activities.
GET THE FREE LESSON (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
Each Kindness is a book that reminds us that every single little nice thing that you do makes a difference.
Chloe and her friends won’t play with the new girl, Maya.
Every time Maya tries to join Chloe and her friends, they reject her.
Eventually Maya stops coming to school.
When Chloe’s teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship, and thinks about how much better it could have been if she’d shown a little kindness toward Maya.
WINNER OF A CORETTA SCOTT KING HONOR AND THE JANE ADDAMS PEACE AWARD.
Also, with this lesson plan you’ll get vocabulary, discussion starters, writing prompts, and four activities.
GET THE LESSON (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change is a fun book because it’s about kids all over the world doing amazing things that help others by “paying it forward.”
In Pay It Forward Kids, readers will meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to “pay it forward” to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions of their own.
These kids have raised both money and awareness for causes such as homelessness, human rights, orphans, and literacy. They’ve rescued child slaves, provided hope to the sick, and comfort for the dying. They’ve also enabled others to enjoy pleasures that many people take for granted.
These powerful stories demonstrate that you’re never too young to make a difference or to improve the life of another. Kindness can be done by anyone…you just need to step up and start.
Also, this is a Skipping Stones Honor Award book, 2014, 2014 Information Book Award Honour Book & 2015 Red Maple Non-Fiction nominee
Additionally, with these lessons you’ll get a vocabulary list, discussion starters, writing prompts, and a ton of different hands-on activities based on themes from the book.
Lastly, you can get lessons covering topics after specific chapters (grades 3-6):