Teach students important character traits including consideration, community, positive attitudes, compassion, and kindness with this comprehensive and cross-curricular resource. “I Spy Kindness” explicitly teaches the value of kindness and engages students in guided recognition and practice of consideration for others. It extends the application of kindness principles to deliberate goal-setting and execution in daily activities. It is designed to promote students’ growth as individuals who notice, appreciate, value, and care for others.
This resource includes the following:
10 sequential foundational curricular units:
Unit 1 Assessing Awareness
Unit 2 Providing Concrete Examples
Unit 3 Expanding Awareness
Unit 4 Acknowledging Kindness of Others
Unit 5 Sharing Kindness Models
Unit 6 Committing to Action
Unit 7 Building Automaticity
Unit 8 Reflecting on Importance and Impact
Unit 9 Extending Application, Creating New Goals, and Encouraging Others
Unit 10 Applying Understanding and Learning Creatively
14 instructional unit projects/activities with printable pages in color and black and white formats
33 mentor text recommendations with summaries to complement and extend units
33+ extension activities for mentor texts with printable templates in full-color and
black and white
12 bulletin board extension activities with patterns for sharing learning and
encouraging others in classroom postings
34 supplemental mentor text title recommendations
This resource engages students’ hearts, makes the lessons cross-curricular, and adds interest through picture book mentor texts. The mentor texts are an integral part of the program. These books provide models, extend understanding, inspire interest, build empathy, and engage students in worthwhile and fun activities that help them comprehend and apply the lessons. The primary mentor text list in this resource includes bibliographic information, book summaries, and provides extension activity suggestions for the books with printable pages to use with the activities as needed. A second list of mentor texts included with this resource provides additional titles of quality books to inspire students. As students interact with these books in authentic activities they will learn about science, history, geography, geometry, math, etiquette, family, personal responsibility and numerous other topics. Most importantly, they will be inspired to care about others and reflect on the decisions individuals make that impact friendships, communities and even the world. The book activities encourage students to apply important academic skills with the authentic texts building reading comprehension, fluency, written composition, and text analysis skills. The stories prompt reflection and discussions of ideas that relate to a wide range of topics - especially acceptance, love, and kindness.
Enjoy using this resource to encourage students to listen, read, reflect, write, and interact in ways that build friendships and community over the course of the school year.
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