Kindness Counts---A Classroom Building Activity - Use those teachable moments to teach kindness with this classroom building activity! Just print-n-go and you're ready to start! #ClassroomCommunity
This is a great way to build self-esteem in the classroom! Anytime during the year is the perfect time for students to practice expressing their appreciation and gratitude for their fellow classmates and friends.
Anytime of the year is the perfect time for students to practice expressing their appreciation and gratitude for their fellow classmates and friends. I’ve had great success with this activity at a variety of grade levels from second grade up to sixth grade. This classroom (team) building activity helps students appreciate each other more, gives practice expressing themselves in writing, and boosts class morale.
*Have each student pick a piece of lined paper. I’ve included several different varieties as well as a blank one in this product.
*Have students write their name (in rainbow colors for younger students) at the top of their page and decorate the page.
*Next, have a class discussion about the best ways of expressing your appreciation for people and classmates. Brainstorm with the class and give examples of appropriate compliments they can use when writing onto their peers’ pages. Talk about giving specific compliments like “It’s very helpful of you to sharpen the pencils for our class everyday.” instead of just “You’re nice.”
There are sample statements to display around the classroom to help students give appropriate and specific compliments.
*Their task is to write one truthful and thoughtful statement, or compliment, about each student in their best handwriting. Depending on the grade level of the students, I will let them use colored thin markers or gel pens to add some color to their writing.
*Each student places their page on the top of their desk and rotates to the next desk in the row until they’ve written one compliment for every student in the class. If you have a large class, each student might need two pieces of paper.
*After students have returned to their desk and read through all the compliments left for them by their classmates, have them pick their favorite compliment to share with the class!
*Optional: Place them into sheet protectors or laminate them. Display them on a bulletin board for all to see.
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