My Role at School

Students imagine and discuss the many ways to be responsible, safe and respectful throughout the school, and how doing this helps make the community better for all.

Considering the Outcomes of Our Actions

Students read the book What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick and learn how community members depend on and impact one another. They analyze the purpose and importance of rules, and the consequences of breaking them, both for oneself and others.

Be Kind

Students read and discuss Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jen Hill in order to learn ways to spread kindness throughout the school community.

Kindness Sensory Poems

Students explore how kindness adds “color” and beauty to the world. They associate kindness with sensory images, contributing to a shared class poem about kindness based on vibrant imagery.

Kind Deeds

Students read Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, and sequence the events in the story to observe the ripple effect caused by one good deed. Students classify acts of kindness (helping, giving, kind words) as “look fors” and create a chain to capture examples of kind actions that they take or observe in their community.

Being a Good Friend

Students explore how showing respect, kindness, and sharing are part of being a good friend. They read and discuss the book The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig and connect new learning to their investigation of how to help others.

Helping Others at School (Checkpoint Assessment)

Through this Essential Question, students have explored different ways to help others. This final lesson may be used as a checkpoint assessment of cumulative learning throughout this Essential Question. Here, students create a plan of action to be a helper at school and explain how this will help to make school a great place for everyone.

Navigating School

Essential Question

How can I help others?

Students learn the importance of rules and norms in a community, and the role that kindness plays in making school a happy and productive place. They use their learning to make a claim about how they can help make school a great place.

LESSONS

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