Share the importance of World Kindness Day with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan organized by grade level.Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
The qualities of being friendly, generous, and considerate are at the core of the character trait of kindness. Please share your thoughts about a hero you know who shows the character trait of kindness by signing the MY HERO Guestbook.
Middle and High School
Students watch the following films about Kindness and consider the discussion questions and activities.
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)
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)
Unsung hero Emma Darling Cushman, an American nurse who saved the lives of thousands of Armenian children during the Armenian genocide (10 minutes)
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.
1. Melissa Blake, as well as Anna and Victoria Mendez, found ways to combat bullying. Are there organizations in your school or community that combat bullying? Share the story with MY HERO.
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.
This short film linked below, What if..., celebrates the Illumination Foundation, which practices kindness to people in their greatest need.
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees."
The following uplifting film highlights the kindness of a brother.
The following stories include text with an audio link to students can listen and read along.
Great for ESL Students.
When Hannah was 6 years old, she created the Ladybug Foundation to help end homelessness.
For Younger Readers - by a Younger Writer
The following story was written by a young writer.
1. Hannah Taylor wanted to do something to help the homeless. Do you know anyone who has worked to help others in need? Share his or her story with MY HERO.
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.
3. Joneice's sister considers her a hero because she was always there for her and took care of her. Do you know someone like Joneice who is there for someone else and helps them? Share their story with MY HERO.
4. Connor is a hero due to his selflessness and love for his brother Cayden. What were your thoughts about that film? Do you know someone like Connor? Honor them by sharing his or her story 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.
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.
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.
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.
MY HERO Calendars for use in the Classroom
Share Your Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Outstanding essays submitted to MY HERO will be considered for a certificate/t-shirt prize or be featured on the Story Homepage.
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 10/25/2023 2:56:32 PM by Laura Nietzer