LESSON 4: Acts of Kindness
Objective: Students will learn about how acts of kindness, even on the smallest scale, can motivate and inspire larger acts, such as working on a community service project or a volunteer activity.
Time Required: One 40-minute class period
Materials: Acts of Kindness worksheet, Internet access
1. Talk to students about kindness. Ask your students if they’ve witnessed or performed any acts of kindness in their homes or at school in the last few days: “Have they helped out in the kitchen at home?” “Have they helped a little brother or sister with homework?” Discuss an example or two from your own life.
2. In Lesson 2, you’ve discussed the Helping worksheet with your students and how carrying out a simple task for someone who is sick, or living with cancer translates to support. Tell students that simple acts of kindness can also be supportive to someone.
3. Tell your students about local organizations in your community that perform acts of kindness on a larger scale. Share with them that, as a part of LIVESTRONG at School, children in school all over the world have turned acts of kindness into support, raising money and awareness for cancer survivors.
4. Distribute the Acts of Kindness worksheet. Review the instructions with your students and explain that the drawing that they create will be part of a class mural when everyone has finished. Explain that their drawing is not unlike the smaller acts of kindness they’ve performed or witnessed—that every kind act, no matter how small, has the potential to be bigger, or to be a part of something bigger.
5. As a wrap-up, ask your students how their small acts of kindness at home could be put into practice elsewhere, and how their efforts can make a huge impact on people outside of their close circle.