Kindness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to reinforce the character education trait of kindness. Students will learn to define the term and then act as teachers to reinforce the ideas of what kindness looks, feels, and sounds like in and out of the classroom.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain the term 'kindness'
  • explain what kindness looks, sounds, and feels like


50 minutes


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.


  • Connect and engage students to topic by asking them to turn and talk to a partner about what the word 'kindness' means to them. Ask students to share answers and record responses on the board.
  • Tell students they will be learning what kindness is and how it looks, sounds, and feels and that later, they will act as teachers to teach the class about kindness. Also explain that the lesson they will read is just for teachers, like they will be later.
  • Distribute or display the lesson Acts of Kindness: Lesson for Kids and read the first section 'More Than Just Academics' with students. Ask:
    • Why do teachers teach character traits?
    • What are some other character traits?
  • Now read through the 'Being Kind' section. Define the term 'kindness,' then discuss:
    • Why doesn't kindness look, sound, or feel the same for everyone?
  • Allow students to talk to a partner to discuss what kindness is like in their home, then briefly share as a group.
  • Read the section 'How to Teach Kindness.' Ask:
    • Why do teachers use games to teach character education?
    • What are some other games or activities you've played to learn about kindness?
  • Next read the 'Where to Show Kindness' section. With students, list different places students visit throughout the day, such as the gym, cafeteria, or playground.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together, then read the lesson quiz and have students answer to check for understanding.

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