Share the importance of World Kindness Day with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Students watch the following films about Kindness and consider the discussion questions and activities.
Films are appropriate for middle and high school students.
Professor of Neurosurgery, James Doty, M.D., tells a touching story of how one interaction can alter the course of a person’s life. (2:51 minutes)
Two girls from troubled backgrounds meet on a train and share a heartwarming moment that allows them to briefly forget about their situations. (6:19 minutes)
Unsung hero Emma Darling Cushman, an American nurse who saved the lives of thousands of Armenian children during the Armenian genocide (10 minutes)
2. Emma Cushman is an unsung hero who saved many children's lives during the Armenian Genocide. Which other unsung heroes have had a positive impact through their courage and kindness? Share their story with MY HERO.
Students read the following stories about programs and people who promote kindness and consider the discussion questions and activities.
Melissa Blake, a freelance journalist with Freeman Sheldon Syndrome, uses kindness and body positivity to fight online bullying.
After the death of Daniel Mendez, his mother, Anna, and his sister, Victoria, created 2 Cool To Be Kind, an anti-bullying nonprofit for teens.
Jon Bon Jovi runs JBJ Soul Kitchens, where homeless can volunteer for an hour and receive a meal for themselves and their family.
Daniel Goldberg created "Zoomers to Boomers" a collection of Gen Z shoppers who bring groceries to the Boomer generation during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Stories below include text with an audio link to students can listen and read along.
Great for ESL/EFF Students
When Hannah was 6 years old, she created the Ladybug Foundation to help end homelessness.
2. Joneice was kind and took care of her sister. Has anyone been kind and looked after you or someone you know? Share his or her story of kindness with MY HERO.
3. Jon Bon Jovi helps those in need with his JBJ Soul Kitchens. Are there any organizations that help those in need in your community? Share the story with MY HERO.
4. What can you do in your community or school to help others or combat bullying? Create an action plan, get others involved and share your efforts with MY HERO.
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."
This short film linked below, What if..., celebrates an the Illumination Foundation, who practices kindness to people in their greatest need.
For Younger Readers - by a Younger Writer
2. What can you do to help others? Create an action plan, get others involved, and share the story of your efforts with MY HERO.
Students' Projects Celebrating Kindness
Students read the story about a school that used sticky notes to promote kindness. Then students watch the film of the Call to Action Kindness Project that partnered 6th grade students with second grade students.
What can you and your class do to promote kindness in your school or community?
Create an action plan and share your efforts with MY HERO through story and film.
SPPRAK, a not-for-profit program in Terre Haute, Indiana, literally 'notes' random acts of kindness by students, teachers, and staff.
Students in 6th grade shared ways to be kind with 2nd grade children to promote a more positive culture in their school and community in Ontario, California, USA.
Appropriate for all Grade Levels
Students analyze the artwork below that represents kindness.
Students are encourage to create original art representing kindness. This artwork can celebrate an act of kindness, a person who is kind, or perhaps a collage or poster promoting kindness.
Submit your art to the MY HERO Gallery.
"The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention."
- Kahlil Gibran
Students will be encouraged to collaborate as they formulate an action plan to work towards ending bullying and bringing acts of kindness to their school. By sharing their efforts with MY HERO, they will develop communication skills. Students will identify people in their own lives who have had a positive impact on them and/or their communities.
The World Kindness Day lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
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Students can submit their films for free with a waiver to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Organizer created on 9/30/2019 3:54:11 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 3/31/2021 7:55:46 AM by Laura Nietzer