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Create a peaceful classroom with a full year of Character Education Lessons with teacher scripted lessons, visual plans, and hundreds of fun activities to foster essential social skills! Topics include: self regulation, self control, identifying emotions, conflict resolution, self management, friendship, kindness, problem solving, respect, inclusion, anti-bullying, growth mindset, and more!
The visual lesson plans and read aloud teacher scripts make it easy to get started right away, and there are hundreds of interactive activities to choose from, including writing prompts, art activities, read aloud stories, role playing, partner plays, and journal prompts included.
Why Choose The Kindness Classroom?
Character education is the foundation of a peaceful classroom. Giving our students a strong foundation in social skills, coping skills, and character development is a gift that lasts far into the future! It also creates a classroom atmosphere of calm and peace that makes it much easier to teach and learn. That's what the Kindness Classroom Character Education program is all about!
The Kindness Classroom is a comprehensive character education curriculum for the ENTIRE YEAR (40 lessons - 200+ activities).
♦ The easy to follow, organized VISUAL lesson plans layout will walk you through each character education topic making it very easy to implement.
♦ This collection of 200+ engaging, community-building activities give students the exposure and practice ESSENTIAL social skills needed to create a successful classroom environment.
♦ These are in-depth, detailed lessons with TEACHER SCRIPTS included to guide your teaching if needed, and save teacher time. Materials are printable and have black and white options to save ink.
♦ The goal of this program is to assist teachers in teaching children to learn to manage themselves and their emotions, create positive and empathetic peer relationships, and become responsible citizens.
Lessons are focussed on teaching students to:
→ Make responsible and ethical decisions by analyzing and reflecting on problems or situation the encounter daily.
→ Build healthy relationships with peers by learning to communicate clearly and resolve conflicts. This also involves understanding social cues and cooperating with other.
→ Self-regulate their impulses, emotions and reactions to daily events and interactions.
→ Be self-aware in in identifying their own emotions, talents, and mindset. This includes learning about Growth Mindset concepts.
→ Be socially aware and empathetic towards others and appreciate diversity and differing opinions.
The activities are classroom-tested to explore the SEL concepts for primary aged children.
It includes HUNDREDS of character education activities that are ready to print with many options to choose from.
★ Choosing the bundle option means you have the opportunity to receive ALL 8 UNITS, including all 8 storybooks, for a much reduced price.
You can see the preview by clicking the green button near the top of this page. Please look at the preview to see the details before purchasing to ensure these are right for your needs.
♥ UNIT 1 - Exploring Emotions
This unit explores naming and recognizing emotions in ourselves and others, expressing emotions in appropriate ways, personal emotions vs. others. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin’s Big Emotions
♥ UNIT 2 - Growth Mindset
This unit explores learning from mistakes, perseverance, fixed vs. growth mindset, effort and our elastic brains. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin Learns To Fly
♥ UNIT 3 - Self Management and Regulation
This unit explores self-control, listening skills, calming strategies, anger management, visualization, mindfulness, anxiety and impulse control. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin Calms Down
♥ UNIT 4 - Kindness and Relationships
This unit explores kindness, friendship, empathy, helping others, compassion, language to express kindness, and random acts of kindness in our classroom, school and community. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin’s Kindness Contest
♥ UNIT 5 - Conflict Resolution Strategies
This unit explores conflict resolution strategies to use in the classroom, role playing, using I-FEEL Messages, and sportsmanship. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin’s Big Fight
♥ UNIT 6 - Respect and Inclusion
(recognizing bullying and strategies)
This unit explores respect for self and others, respect for diversity, anti-bullying and assertiveness. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin Meets a Bully
♥ UNIT 7 - Personal Responsibility
This unit explores being responsible, decision making, honesty, citizenship, integrity, classroom expectations, rights and responsibilities. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin Makes Good Choices
♥ UNIT 8 - Attitude and Gratitude
This unit explores having a good attitude, optimism, happiness, appreciation, gratitude, and resilience. A printable storybook is included: Little Penguin Looks On the Bright Side
♥ ♥ Teachers, please click the PREVIEW button above to see a detailed description of activities and a curriculum map of the whole program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Question: What are the goals of the program?
Answer: The goal of this program is to assist teachers in providing comprehensive social/emotional instruction that will lead to positive social behaviours and interactions, with fewer conflicts and emotional problems.
Question: What are some of the unique features of this curriculum?
Answer: This program has many unique features!
★ Each lesson contains a VISUAL lesson plan, with images of the materials used.
★ Each lesson has a TEACHER SCRIPT to assist you in introducing concepts to students.
★ Each unit contains an original STORY from a series based on a little penguin’s journey through social development. These books can be printed and added to your permanent class library or shown to the class digitally by projecting the pages.
★ Writing and art activities can be kept in a Kindness Scrapbook to refer to through the year.
Question: Do I have to purchase story books in order to complete this program?
Answer: No. There are eight 14-page stories included in the program that you can share with your class digitally, or you can print them out as a regular book to add to your classroom library. There are also several partner plays based on the same characters throughout the series. I have included lists of and links to other storybooks as well, if you are looking to purchase other supporting literature.
Question: Does each unit have a story included?
Answer: Yes, each new unit begins with a story in the Little Penguin series that introduces the concept. Often children find ideas easier to grasp when it’s through the lens of a character they know. These books can be added to your classroom library, or simply read aloud as an ebook.
Question: How do the teacher scripts work?
Answer: Just print out and read to your students! Each group lesson has a teacher script included, with helpful questions and possible answers embedded. This helps teachers get started with a discussion through example, saving planning time.
Question: What kind of activities are in each unit?
Answer: Each unit has 5 lessons, each of which has 5 or more activities to complete. There are a diverse set of activities: whole group and hands-on partner work. For example: partner plays and role playing, journals, sorting, reading response cards, art projects, anchor charts, scenario cards, write and wipe card centers, comics, flip books, game boards, and more.
Question: How long will each lesson take?
Answer: These lessons are packed with activities, so the answer varies. Each of the five lessons within a unit has between 5 and 7 different activities, discussions, class projects, small group work, or partner activities. Depending on the age and ability of your students, each single lesson could take two or three periods to complete. This is a very flexible program where you can pick and choose what is most appropriate for your students, and which can be adapted to full hour-long lessons, or short periods through the week.
Question: How much teacher prep is involved?
Answer: These activities are meant to be easy to integrate into your classroom. There is no prep needed for the scripted lessons, and most other materials are printable to distribute, or laminate for multiple use. Even the anchor charts have pre-made examples and images to a print and glue onto chart paper. If you choose to print the 8 storybooks, they can be bound or stapled, however you can also just project them on the computer to read to your class with no other prep needed. There are no other books to purchase. Many of the posters, books, partner plays and activities can be shared by projecting the pages of the PDF file, if you choose not to print.
Question: How is finished work organized?
Answer: All of the art and writing projects can be stored in a year long Kindness Scrapbook, and these are fantastic to share during teacher conferences to discuss student progress in SEL areas. (Scrapbook covers provided in Unit 1). Alternatively, you may send work home or use a different kind of portfolio.
Click HERE to see a collection of 200 lessons that cover social skills and classroom expectations and routines!
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