Giving Compliments Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson, students will discuss the importance of giving compliments. After a read aloud about what it means to be a 'bucket filler', students will brainstorm possible compliments and practice giving them to others. At the end of the lesson, students will make a plan of how they can give compliments in their real life.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the benefits of giving compliments
  • Generate examples of compliments
  • Formulate a compliment and deliver it in a real-world context

Length

30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Vocabulary

  • compliment

Materials

  • a copy of Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud
  • stuffed animals
  • blank weekly calendar
  • plastic bucket
  • blank paper

Lesson Instructions

Reading

  • Gather the students close to you for a read-aloud.
  • Show them the book - Have you Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. Explain that today's reading is going to teach them how to be a bucket filler.
  • Have them turn and talk to a neighbor about what being a bucket filler could possibly be.
  • As you are reading, their job is to listen for what it means to be a bucket filler.
  • After the book, talk about what it means to be a bucket filler.
  • Write the word 'bucket filler' on the board.
  • Draw a web to record student responses.
  • Next to that web, draw another one that says 'Why Should I Be a Bucket Filler?'
  • Talk about the benefits of being kind to others. Don't forget to mention that it fills your bucket to fill other people's buckets!
  • Explain to the students that one way to be a bucket filler is to give compliments. Remind students that compliments are nice things that you say to someone. There are different kinds of compliments - they can compliment someone's appearance, brain, or heart.

Partner Work

  • Give the students a blank piece of paper and ask them to fold it into thirds.
  • Write at the top of each column - appearance (smile, eyes, etc.), brain (accomplishments, intelligence, etc.) and heart (kindness, generosity, etc.).
  • Divide students into pairs.
  • With their partner, they need to brainstorm different compliments and record them in the correct category.
  • Give pairs the opportunity to share out loud.
  • Record student responses on the board.

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