The learner will:
The learner will:
- Understand that by displaying kind and caring behavior, people can experience happiness and joy.
- Brainstorm and come up with a specific plan for your class to contribute to a kind and caring school community.
- Access to laptop, speakers, projector to play the video "Joy and giving video" which can be accessed in two ways:
- Teachers who have activated their school district Google accounts may access the video at this link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r_OeKXTbfvyVIVAwBvCrNGXkqCAfuiow/view?usp=sharing)
- Teachers also can access the video from the I drive (I:\Teacher Resources\Mentorship\Mentorship 2018-19\Joy and giving video.mp4)
- Chart paper or white board space to brainstorm ideas
- Welcome each student with a warm greeting and smile as they enter your classroom.
- Put the following quote on the board: “Strong people don't put others down. They lift them up. Our willingness to help others brings us happiness” Tell students that genuine kind acts which benefit others give meaning and happiness to our own lives.
- Show the three-minute video, Joy and giving video (see materials section). This video illustrates how we bring happiness to our own lives when we help others
- Ask the students to think about how the simple kindness of politeness, smiles, and personal greetings could make a difference to one person and unknown others. What are the possible effects of one kind act? How might those acts make us feel as "givers?"
- Have the students brainstorm several issues and ideas for acts of kindness. Have students develop a specific plan for one of the ideas.
- Adopt a bulletin board. Keep a bulletin board near your classroom brightly decorated with awesome student work, inspirational quotes, or pictures of activities from around RMS.
- Beautify RMS by painting the brown outdoor garbage cans with bright colours or murals.
- Clean/tidy a neglected property near the school.
- Clean/tidy a neighbor's yard who cannot do it themselves.
- Create a play, poster, or song that teaches students from our feeder schools to stay safe at home (or at school, walking to school, or riding their bike to school).
- Establish a program where students in your class call, text, or visit a sick friend in order to cheer them up.
- Explore history by interviewing a nursing home resident about how they grew up.
- Form a band or choir with your friends and give free concerts in the morning, lunch, or after school.
- Make birthday cards for other students and staff in our school community
- Make Holiday Cards (or drawings, decorations) for elderly residents of retirement or nursing homes
- Organize a recognition program for RMS volunteers or contributors
- Organize your class to plant, tend and harvest a school flower or vegetable garden.
- Plan a Cultural Awareness day for RMS (ie, Celebrate Chinese New Year or an Aboriginal Day)
- Practice random acts of kindness.
- Recognize veterans in our community by writing cards or letters to the local Royal Canadian Legion before Remembrance Day.
- Set up a buddy system with kids in your class with kids from the RMS resource room
- Take photos during a school event and donate them to the event organizers.
- Volunteer to separate cans and bottles from other recycling
- Adopt a display cabinet to show off student work or school activities.