Discover lesson plans and classroom activities for teaching about community, seasons, language, friendship, and more, all featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog.
This lesson nurtures essential:
- Social and emotional skills
- Literacy and language skills
- Life skills
- Fine motor skills
Clifford’s Big Idea: Be Kind
Acts of kindness are not easily forgotten. When children are given opportunities to share kindness with others, they learn valuable social and emotional lessons that will influence them for a lifetime.
- Clifford Wants a Cookie or Cooking With Clifford by Norman Bridwell
- Canned or pre-prepared white icing
- Sugar cookies, at least two per student
- Nuts or small candy pieces for topping
- Aprons, one per student
- Spreading tools
- Small paper bags
- Ribbon, about 12 inches per student
- Hole puncher
Day 1: Cooking With Clifford!
Step 1: Help children express feelings and give examples of kindness that they have experienced at home and school.
Step 2: Encourage children to identify kind people in their lives.
Step 3: Read Clifford Wants a Cookie or Cooking With Clifford by Norman Bridwell aloud to the class.
Step 4: Ask children to retell the story in sequence by following the pictures.
Step 5: Discuss the details of Clifford’s time in the kitchen. Then ask children to answer the following question: Could a dog really make cookies?
Optional: Provide copies of the recipe from the book and encourage children to make Clifford’s cookies at home.
Day 2: Sweet Kindness!
Step 1: Stock centers with canned or pre-prepared white icing, sugar cookies, sprinkles, nuts or small candy pieces for topping, aprons, spreading tools, and small paper bags.
Step 2: Before beginning, have children express their feelings about someone that has shown them kindness. Explain to them that they are going to prepare a sweet treat of cookies for that person.
Step 3: Give each child a paper bag and crayons. Have them draw hearts, smiley faces, or designs of their own choice on the bag.
Step 4: Help students sign and date the bags.
Step 5: Break the students into groups and send them to the centers to ice the cookies and decorate them with the toppings provided.
Step 6: Divide the cookies evenly among the children. Have them place the cookies in the paper bags.
Step 7: Fold over the top of each bag and punch two holes 2-3 inches apart.
Step 8: Help students thread ribbon through the holes and tie it in a bow.
Step 9: Send the bags home with the students.
Optional: Start the next day by encouraging children to share how this act of kindness made them feel.
Kindness can be shown in many ways throughout the school day!
- Keep a kindness jar filled with simple goodies. Have children draw small rewards out of the jar when they model acts of kindness in the classroom or on the playground.
- Read children newspaper or magazine articles that reinforce the concept of kindness. Valuable life lessons can be learned from real-life accounts of kindness that touch hearts and teach compassion for others.
- Play the BE BIG: Be Kind Video Clip for students.
- Have students color the Clifford's BIG Ideas: K is for Kind Coloring Page printable.
- These books support Clifford’s Big Ideas and reinforce valuable early literacy skills:
- Clifford’s Class Trip by Norman Bridwell
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- Also check out the Clifford the Big Red Dog Book List