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Kindness in the Classroom Lesson Plans

Our FREE lesson plans can make a difference in your classroom.


Middle School

Early adolescents are learning how to treat others with true kindness and respect. Foster their sense of consideration with these lessons, created just for them. Click on “Read more” to see the full lesson plan, or use our links to share an idea with colleagues.

Character Ambassadors
Hidden Values
Kindness Fables
Making Headlines
Memories from the Heart
Passing Notes


Service Projects

Children and communities often find powerful kindness lessons in service learning. Click on “Read more” to see the full lesson plan, or use our links to share an idea with colleagues.

Developing Kids with Character through Service Learning



Classroom to Community

For more great ideas to teach kindness in the classroom, check out our Classroom to Community series. Meet people from around the country and see their stories of kindness. Each video has an accompanying lesson plan that you can use to further inspire your students to do kindness.




Grade 6-8 Kindness Project Ideas

Download our kindness project ideas for grades 6-8.

See These Ideas

Say Something Nice About Someone

Say Something Nice About Someone

How often do you find yourself in a situation where people are saying mean things about someone else, behind his or her back? It might happen at school, during your soccer or baseball practice, or when you’re playing at a friend’s house.




Be Polite Online

Remember to be respectful of others when you are on the internet. Whether you are writing an email or chatting online or writing on someone's Facebook or My Space page, remember to be kind, as you would if you were speaking to them in person.




Laugh Often


"A day without laughter is a day wasted." ~Charlie Chaplin

Laughter makes everything better. Having a sense of humor lightens your burdens, connects you to others, inspires hopefulness and offers a new perspective




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RandomActsofKindness @RAKFoundation

Idea: Send 52 thank you notes - one for each week of the year.

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RandomActsofKindness @RAKFoundation

How you will you spend your time in 2016?




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So, you want to be a RAKtivist™? Your awesome status and street cred just skyrocketed. RAKtivists are the limbs of our organizational body. You are the daily doers, movers and shakers; reaching out to others and not just talking the talk, but using those limbs to walk the walk.

The world needs more people like you.





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The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation does not pay indirect costs for research.




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KINDNESS SPREADS: Change the world, one person at a time with random acts of kindness


“Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana


Treat others how you would like to be treated—that’s my motto in life. I was brought up this way and it has stayed with me until now. The thought of “what’s in it for me?” never really occurred to me if I decided to be “kind.” Often people would say to me “you are so thoughtful,” or “you are so kind.” I often would reflect on that saying—really—it’s just an act of “humanness from one person to the other.” Perhaps because in life I have seen people get hurt, I have heard stories of women being abused, I have grown up watching the injustices of the world that I knew was beyond my control.




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THE JOY OF HALF A COOKIE: 9 principles that’ll help you eat mindfully

THE JOY OF HALF A COOKIE: 9 principles that’ll help you eat mindfully

Excerpted from The Joy of Half a Cookie: Using Mindfulness to Lose Weight and End the Struggle with Food, in which Jean Kristeller, Ph.D., along with […]





TO BE A PATRIOT: The many ways to show patriotism

American flag

The dictionary definition of patriotism is absolute love, commitment, faithfulness and sacrifice for one’s nation. But does that mean that one must be willing to fight the country’s battles, as well as follow and trust the jurisdiction of the government, with no questions or controversy? To me, patriotism means to put all of my effort into making a difference in my nation that symbolizes the foundation of liberty it was built upon.




SLACKTIVIST OR SOCIAL CHAMPION?: Clicking for a cause does more than people think

Woman on computer - Slacktivism

Slacktivist—the derogatory term immediately casts a shadow of low expectations, which, like any form of discrimination, ends up becoming the dominant form of thinking until the truth rises to the surface. The common thinking is that “social champions” (a term Katya Andresen, chief strategy officer of Network for Good, is using to rebrand slacktivists) will devote only as much effort to a cause as it takes to click a mouse.






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KindSpring: Small Acts That Change the World








For the Environment

For the Elderly

For Animals

At Home

At School

For Yourself




Can you step-up your
Kindness, Gratitude, Mindfulness
& more for 21-days straight?



21 Day Challenge

Join A 21-Day Challenge

Do an intentional act every day for 21 days -- with many kindred spirits!


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About Us

KindSpring is a place to practice small acts of kindness. For over a decade the KindSpring user community has focused on inner transformation, while collectively changing the world with generosity, gratitude, and trust. The site is 100% volunteer-run and totally non-commercial. It is a shared labor of love.

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Newtown Kindness

Newtown Kindess was formed in honor of Charlotte Bacon who lost her life in the Sandy Hook Tragedy



Kindness Pledge




Dear School District,


After the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on

December 14, 2013 a group called Newtown Kindness was formed in honor of Charlotte Bacon, a 6-year old girl who lost her life that day. 


Our mission is to change the world by fostering compassion in children and inspiring life-long contributors to society. With your help, we can begin to do just that, one simple act of kindness at a time.


Participation in the “Charlotte Bacon” Kindness Bucket Project is simple and is designed to help promote kindness and compassion within our schools.  This “Charlotte Bacon” Kindness Bucket is yours to keep and to help encourage the students to write or illustrate any Act of Kindness they perform.


Each Act of Kindness they submit online automatically enters your school and student into our annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness (CBAOK) Awards, to be celebrated on February 22, 2014.


Remember to keep your bucket for next year; the (CBAOK) Awards are something we hope to celebrate for many more years to come.


It is our belief that small and simple acts of kindness can have a profound and powerful effect on future generations – we’re glad you think so, too.


Thank you for your involvement in the “Charlotte Bacon” Kindness Bucket Project. Your participation and display of kindness will always be remembered by our organization “Newtown Kindness” and by the Bacon Family of Newtown, CT. 


Welcome Kindness Bucket Participants

Below are Word documents available for download so that you can begin your very own kindness bucket program.  

Dear School District

Dear Principal/Teacher

Dear Family

Kindness Bucket Lesson

Take the Kindness Pledge

Kindness Bucket List

Kindness Definition




Newtown Kindness
PO Box 681
Newtown, CT 06470