Kindness Lesson Plan for 2nd Grade Example Students

Topic: Kindness

Objectives & Outcomes

Students will be able to identify acts of kindness and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of being kind.

Materials

Images or videos of acts of kindness (e.g. a stranger giving up their seat on the bus for someone who needs it, a friend comforting someone who is feeling sad)

Pen and paper for each student

Warm-up

Ask students to think of a time when someone was kind to them. Have them share their story with the class.

Ask students if they can think of any ways that people can be kind to others. Write their ideas on the board.

Direct Instruction

Introduce the concept of kindness and its importance in our lives.

Explain that there are many ways to be kind to others, and that it takes effort and thoughtfulness to be kind.

Show students the picture cards and have them brainstorm ways to be kind to others using the pictures as inspiration (e.g. giving a hug, helping with homework).

Have students work in pairs to come up with at least 3 ways to be kind to others using each picture.

Have a class discussion about the different ways to be kind that the students came up with, and reinforce the importance of kindness in our lives.

Guided Practice

Show students the picture cards again and have them identify the different ways to be kind to others using each picture.

Have students work in pairs to come up with at least 3 ways to be kind to others using each picture.

Have a class discussion about the different ways to be kind that the students came up with, and reinforce the importance of kindness in our lives.

Independent Practice

Have students complete the worksheets provided (3 worksheets with 3 questions each).

Have students work in pairs to answer the questions and discuss their answers with their partner.

Have a class discussion about the different ways to be kind that the students came up with, and reinforce the importance of kindness in our lives.

Objectives:

Students will understand and be able to name the 4 kagan strategies for establishing positive peer relationships.

Students will be able to use kagan strategies to respond to peer conflicts in more positive, constructive ways.Materials:

Copies of the handout '4 kagan strategies for establishing positive peer relationships' for each student.

Copies of the worksheet 'how to use kagan strategies to respond to peer conflicts' for each student.

Copies of the worksheet 'conflicts between peers' for each student.

Description:

Introduce kagan strategies by sharing the handout and discussing each strategy.

Facilitate guided practice by having pairs or small groups of students practice using the strategies in hypothetical situations.

Have students complete the worksheet by writing out how they would use the strategies to respond to peer conflicts in their own lives.

Have students complete the worksheet by writing out and discussing conflicts between peers at school.

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