Kindness Read and Do
Read & Do
Kindness is important in all parts of our lives, at home, at school and out in the world. Your students have the capacity to spread kindness all around, if you show them the way. These three books and the recommended activities will help you talk to your students about the difference they can make through kindness.
hope - to believe or trust
bitterly - harsh, extreme
etched - make permanent in memory
huddled - to curl up together, nestle
shivered - to shake or tremble with cold or fear
vanish - disappear
After you are done reading The Coat, ask your students these questions:
What had Elise been dreaming of forever?
Was Elise a patient little girl?
What surprise did Mom and Mia have for Elise?
How did Elise react to the surprise package?
What were some of Elise's favorite things about the coat?
What happened on her walk to school that caused her happy thoughts to vanish?
How did Elise feel when she got to school and friends commented about her coat?
Did holding her breath and walking straight ahead make Elise feel any better when she saw the girl sitting in the cold the second time?
What kindness did Elise do while her friends went on to school?
Are there people you can help in your neighborhood?
preferred - to like better or choose
ushering - to lead or introduce
rescue - to free or deliver from danger
plié - a movement where the knees are bent, and the back remains straight
charity - an action or donation to help someone in need
volunteer - to perform a service or help willingly without pay
After you are done reading The Little Things: A Story About Acts Of Kindness, ask your students these questions:
What was the little girl doing on the beach after the mighty storm?
Who did she meet at the beach, and what did she tell him she was doing?
How did the old man and his grandson make a difference during their visit to the animal shelter?
What had happened to the elderly lady's flower bed, and who offered to help?
Who else in the story helped others?
What were their actions that made a difference?
How do you think the people who received help felt?
How does it feel to give help?
What are ways you can show generosity and kindness to those around you?