I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday! It is hard to believe we go back to school again tomorrow! I don't know about you, but my mind is starting to plan all of my Christmas/holiday themed activities and lessons that I want to include in my lesson plans for the next 3 weeks of school.
One cute little item that is already packed in my car, ready to be placed in my classroom tomorrow, is our classroom kindness tree. Our classroom kindness tree is what I use to kickoff the acts of kindness that I encourage my students to perform through various activities in the upcoming weeks.
The idea is simple- every time that I see a student perform a random act of kindness for someone else, I recognize that student and place an ornament on the tree.
Although you can implement this idea as you wish, I would suggest reminding your students that the reason why they are doing acts of kindness is because they are being kind…not because they are getting an ornament on the tree for every little thing they do! I remind my students that they will NOT get an ornament for every nice act of kindness- that is not the purpose of the activity. When all the ornaments are placed on the tree, you can decide if you would like to reward your students by showing them a random act of kindness. For example, you can take them out for an extra 15 minute recess “just because” or show a short Brain Pop video.
Click on the image above to download the poster and idea from my TpT store!
Enjoy your Sunday, my friends! :)