Students brainstorm simple acts of kindness and design a bookmark as a reminder.
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Learners get inspiration from the work and words of Mother Teresa about performing small acts of kindness. They select a project and make a plan for carrying out a small act of kindness with a group or individually.
Students respond to a book with reflections on the traditions of philanthropy and quiltmaking. They define purposeful acts of kindness and perform random acts of kindness for a week. This lesson includes an optional service project of making a quilt to give away. ...
Students often have a difficult time distinguishing between acts of kindness and acts of philanthropy. Using the class-generated definition of philanthropy from the “Defining Philanthropy” lesson, students will examine various situations and decide which ones are acts of philanthropy....
Unit: Philanthropic Behavior
Learners role-play responses to bullying behavior and start to brainstorm ways to promote kind behaviors at school and decrease bullying behaviors....
Learners take action for the common good to promote kindness in their school. They give smiley stickers to others or create posters to display around school with messages that promote kindness or teach people how to respond to bullying behavior.
Students explore different forms of sacrifice for the common good and answer the question: When is a sacrifice justified and necessary, and when is it a violation of individual rights? Students write a personal goal to make a small sacrifice for the common good.
Unit: Philanthropic Literature
Fairy tales are great stories for helping students work out complicated moral issues in a make-believe context. Found in countries all around the world, the same story plays out in different contexts. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters is a Cinderella story from Africa in which kindness, generosity,...
Unit: Bully-Free Zone
The students will present skits to illustrate strategies for addressing bullying behavior. They will compose a class pledge against bullying, and may choose to sign the pledge. The students will plan and implement a service project to inform the school community about bullying behavior and...