** Note ** This is one of my most favorite lessons that I have taught recently. It will grab both young kids and older kids and won't let them go until they understand the importance of kindness. It is very powerful. Every time I have used it, the classroom is dead silent. It works. Enjoy!!
"Each Kindness" is an amazing book that describes the bullying behaviors of children to a new kid and the regret that they feel when they realize that they could have been kind instead of mean to her. Amazon describes it as follows:
"This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.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 of kindness 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."
This 15-slide PowerPoint guidance lesson incorporates 3 different videos relating to kindness versus being mean, how bullying behaviors impact others, and introduces the concept of "Paying It Forward" with acts of kindness.
There are links to three different videos- The first is about how a simple act of kindness comes back to you and ripples out into the world. The second is a video of the book, Each Kindness, being read aloud. The third is a link to a video illustrating paying it forward and how it impacts the whole world.
Comprehension questions are included to help you to lead the students to a clear understanding of the message of the book.
I have included animation and transitions between slides so that it helps to hold the students' interest. I believe in making presentations colorful and captivating whenever possible. After all, we are competing with all sorts of electronic stimuli, and our message needs to be
This should only be used as your classroom resource for teaching this lesson. It should not be published or reproduced without written permission. Copyright 2015- Counselor Bev