Creating Kind and Compassionate Kids offers lessons and activities that promote problem solving and social-emotional learning, allowing students in grades 3-6 to become more aware of themselves and others who share their world. Each lesson:
- Addresses both cognitive and affective skills, enhancing students' appreciation of themselves and others.
- Encourages students to think creatively and critically.
- Teaches vital affective skills, such as empathy, tolerance, compassion, communication, and leadership.
- Includes one or more samples of student work to guide students' responses.
- Has been tested by teachers in multiple classrooms with students of all ability levels.
With its focus on relevant, lasting learning experiences that encourage social and emotional growth, Creating Kind and Compassionate Kids is a resource that teachers will turn to again and again.
Table of Contents
Introduction Creating an Invitational Classroom and School The ABCs of Effective Learning Environments Part I: Activities to Help Students Grow With Others Activity 1: Grate Misteaks Activity 2: I Wanna Be Bugged by You Activity 3: ABCs of Our Lives Activity 4: Little Stories of Our Classroom Activity 5: Box Up Your Life Activity 6: A Personal Classroom Pledge Activity 7: License to Be Me Activity 8: Celebration Streamers Activity 9: Thumbody Like Me Activity 10: Filling Our Own Shoes Activity 11: Good Things Come to Those Who Wait Activity 12: Possible Dreams Part II: Activities for Growing With the World Activity 13: 365 Days of Helping Others Activity 14: Heart to Heart Activity 15: The Footpath of Peace Activity 16: Oh, the Things We Have Learned! Activity 17: The Building Blocks of Character Activity 18: Shaking Hands With the World Activity 19: Guess It! Activity 20: The Great Idiom Contest Activity 21: Creative Inventors Activity 22: Building a Book Report Activity 23: Games to Go Recommended Resources References About the Authors
Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), a national nonprofit committed to improving the educational outcomes—and lives—of high school students, especially those traditionally underserved.
James R. Delisle has worked in gifted child education for 40 years as a teacher, professor, counselor, and dad. He is the author of 21 books, including the best-selling Parenting Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide (with Judy Galbraith). His work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both top research outlets and popular media sources like The New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show.