Use this link sponsored by Pennies for Peace, to learn about fun classroom projects you can implement to instill more compassion and understanding in your students. Through volunteerism, communication strategies and in-class lessons, students can learn what an important role they can play in their communities and as global citizens.
This teacher packet is a great resource to use for a unit on generosity. The lesson plans are separated into K-2 ideas and 3-5 suggestions. There are book suggestions, discussion questions, and a variety of activities to consider for a unit devoted to helping others.
This is an outstanding collection of short videos that show examples of people helping others. As you wilI see from the stories revealed, being kind and helping the less fortunate can be extremely rewarding. The video clip involving the middle school football players was a bit of a tear jerker. Use these videos to prompt students to invest in random acts of kindness or work together to carry out a class generosity project.
Use this booklet to find ideas for promoting students' awareness of people with disabilities. This resource can be helpful if you have students with disabilities in your classroom or even if you don't. Compassion comes with understanding, and in order to have understanding, you need knowledge. This packet will help you spread this knowledge in an engaging way, so students learn and want to learn about people's differences. This is a valuable resource for any classroom library.
Use this link to learn about five specific ways to spearhead discussion about bias and diversity in your classroom. Bias and stereotypes start at a young age. It's our responsibility as educators to provide instruction about these concepts in a meaningful way and lay the foundation for future learning on these topics. This article suggests using children's literature, news stories, anti-bias activities, real-life examples, and problem solving to address social justice issues.
This is a link to Holly Robinson Peete's heart-warming story about an autistic child name Charlie. It is based on her son who has autism. Even though Charlie's brain works in a different way and it's hard for him to socialize, you'll find there are plenty of things Charlie does well. For one, he can play the piano better than anyone. Read this story to your class to help students understand autism, so they can better appreciate people's differences.
Let’s Be Friends, an elementary school unit offered by The Ophelia Project, is designed as a preventative measure to teach children a positive skill set that leads to kindness, compassion and responsibility. This curriculum attends to relationships as children need to be introduced to skills that teach them how to build healthy relationships with peers and adults.
This site provides a comprehensive collection of lesson plans geared to heighten empathy. There are activities available for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are lessons created for every subject area, and a variety of current themes are addressed including civil rights, immigration, gender identity, and diversity. This is another resource to consider as a mainstay in your collection of teaching materials.