Kind is the new cool so start the year off right with community building read-alouds that focus on Kindness while simultaneously implementing your classroom management system!
I have found that no matter what grade I teach, I only need three class rules:
1. Be kind to yourself.
2. Be kind to others.
3. Be kind to our community.
To promote these principles while building classroom community in the beginning of the school year, students & I look to picture books to show us what it looks like to be kind to ourselves, to others, and to our community.
Collect the suggested titles (16 in all!) and spend one or two days on each modeling close reading to uncover what each book is saying about kindness. Help students answer the question “What does being kind to myself (others/community) look like?” with an example from each story. Then fill in the anchor charts.
I have included an answer key to help you see how I envision these books supporting kindness themes.
Once you finish the anchor charts, print the included class contract and have your students sign it promising to be kind to themselves, others, and your community. Then, post the included class pledge and work it into your morning routine so that your students begin each day with your three class rules fresh in their minds.
Each of my students has a copy of the signed class contract on bright green paper in the front of his/her binder. We also say the class pledge every single day after the morning announcements!
No matter what issues arise during the school year, I can easily refer back to these three rules. If a student has not completed homework I say, "Are you being kind to yourself?" If a student cuts in line I simply say, "Are you being kind to others?" If a student leaves a mess of scraps and trash around his/her desk, all I have to say is "Are you being kind to our community?" These three simple kindness rules are easy to remember and work for every situation! They also compliment PBIS and Growth Mindset and can work for Kindness Week, too!
Thank your for your interest and I hope you enjoy this product from Project Hallway!
With your Purchase, you will receive:
*Student Response Pages with Picture Book Suggestions covering:
--Kindness to Self
--Kindness to Others
--Kindness to Community
*Complete Teacher Answer Key
*Class Contract Posters in Color & Black/White
*Class Rules Posters in Color & Black/White (Two sizes)
*Class Pledge Posters in Color & Black/White (Two sizes)
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