After several years in the classroom, I realized that my students needed instruction on HOW to be kind, respectful, and all the things I was asking them to be. I developed these units to support teachers in teaching and rewarding great character in the classroom! Building a classroom community is one of the most important things teachers can do and it greatly impacts our students academically! This unit on COMPASSION
is part of a year-long curriculum for teaching students how to have great character! However, this unit could also be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching all about being compassionate in the classroom. :) In this unit, the definition of compassion is seeing someone who's hurting and trying to help them.
Lesson 1-What Does Compassion Mean?
Your class will watch a quick Youtube video about a group of friends that show compassion to an elderly neighbor, and then you'll work together to define compassion and give examples. Then students will draw and write about showing compassion.
Lesson 2-What Things Tug At Your Heart?
After discussing compassion, you'll spend some time discussing what things your studnets are especially compassionate about. It's important for students to know how to show compassion in many situations, but we all have things that are especially close to our hearts. They'll do a quick craft and label things that "tug at their heart." It's a great time to discuss problems in our world and how we can help.
Lesson 3-How Can We Show Compassion To People We Know
You'll go over lots of scenarios that could happen to close friends and family and students will work in small groups to come up with ways to show compassion. For example, students will figure out how to support a friend who's parents are getting a divorce.
Lesson 4-How Can We Show Compassion to Strangers and Animals?
In this lesson, you'll discuss a few major problems in our communities and how we can work together to help! You'll show photographs of people in various situations and talk about how to show compassion and help them. Ideas include making cards, donating old clothes, etc. Then students will draw and write about one idea they have for each situation. I only chose a couple scenarios that students would likely be familiar with. However, you could easily pull up a few stock images of different things and have the same discussion if there is something specific you want to talk to your students about!
This Resource Also Includes
-A Parent Letter About Compassion
-I Can Show Compassion Flipbook (at home, at school, in my community)
-Tell About It (draw and write about 2 ways to show compassion)
-Read And Color Sorting Page
-Thanks For Your Compassion Writing Page
This unit is part of a GROWING BUNDLE that includes TEN units on character education at a discounted price.
You can also check out VOLUME ONE and the individual units below.
You can also check out Volume One of my Character Education and the individual units below!
You can read more about these units on my blog.