How does the act of sharing positive messages toward other people, animals, and the environment encourage kinder personal habits and a more compassionate culture?
In this service-based activity students will brainstorm various expressions of kindness. These messages will explain why kindness matters as well as the ways we can be kind to other people, animals, and the environment. After students develop their messages, they create items such as kindness badges, bookmarks, magnets and posters to share with their schoolmates and promote a culture of kindness within the entire school.
Students will be able to…
Write about a specific topic based on personal experience.
Identify examples of expressing kindness toward other people, animals, and the environment.
Explain why kindness toward other people, animals, and the environment is important and necessary.
Discuss how creating, repeating, and sharing messages of kindness can create a kinder world for everyone.
Create inspiring slogans promoting kindness.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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