Compliment and Kindness Sharing: In this fun activity, students wear a blank sheet on their backs. They walk around the room to write compliments and kind words on each sheet. (See thumbnail pictures above.) An optional after-activity analysis worksheet asks them questions like: “What compliment on your sheet means the most to you? Why?” “Do you think it’s important to purposefully think about the positive in others? Why?”
-Teacher directions w/ purpose and extension activities
-Photo of example completed sheet
-Compliment Synonyms display sheet
-“What to Write” display sheet
-Blank sheet for students’ backs
-Valentine’s Day version of blank sheet
-After-Activity Analysis Questions Worksheet
1. This activity is good to get students to think about others in a positive, completely unselfish way. (It works especially well after reading a book where a character deals with this topic, or after a classroom incident that brings up the topic, or at the end of the year when we just need to remind them to be kind to one another.)
2. It builds self-esteem and confidence. Students often take their sheets home or hang in a locker for a long time to come, relishing the compliments their classmates gave.
3. It supports camaraderie and friendship between classmates.
4. This can be a fun Valentine’s Day activity, too! (Special sheet with hearts provided.)
5. It can also be used along with any text focused on being kind to others, self-esteem, etc.
1. Take a picture of the backs of all the students while they are wearing their compliment sheets. Hang the picture somewhere in the classroom to remind them of the activity (and of the type of kindness you expect all the time.)
2. Have students wear the sheets as characters in books you’ve read. (They would write the character’s name on the line instead of their own name.)
3. Have students choose one compliment from their sheet that they would not have necessarily expected to see. Tell them to share with a group why that makes them feel good. You could also have students write a few sentences about that compliment and why it was meaningful to them. (Then take these sheets and try to remember this fact about that child.)
NOTE: This has successfully been used with seventh grade students, but would almost definitely work for any grade between 1 and 8.
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