During this activity, students will read the book Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, and illustrated by Jen Hill, and discuss their insights and ideas with their partner class. As you read the book in your class, prompt students to think about:
- What is your definition of kindness? What does it feel like, sound like, and look like?
- What was your favorite act of kindness in the book? Have you ever done something similar?
- What are some ways that you can be kind to others in a way they will appreciate? These actions can be big or small!
Encourage students to act on their ideas by performing small, random acts of kindness for someone like writing letters of gratitude, planning a fun surprise, giving them a thoughtful compliment, or anything else they would appreciate!
- Begin the video call with your partner class by having students introduce themselves to each other.
- Ask students in both classes to describe their acts of kindness and how it made them feel, as well as how they considered the other person’s preferences. Students can also share stories about how they’ve received and appreciated others’ acts of kindness towards themselves. As students share their stories, encourage them to respond with support and enthusiasm for each other’s actions.
If students in both classes have individual devices (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)...
Use a platform such as Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams which allows you to screen-share during a video call.
One educator should set up the Kahoot! game and share the code with students in both classes by following this tutorial about using Kahoot! in a remote learning environment, and share their screen so everyone can follow along.
If students in either class don’t have individual devices...
Follow the same instructions above, with one educator starting the game and sharing their screen so both classes can follow along.
Instead of students joining the game to answer the questions, they can hold up their fingers, call out their answer, or use a paper template to indicate their response.