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    2nd Grade  Unit Introduction 

    Sub-Concepts Covered: Compassion, Gratitude, Helpfulness, Empathy, Kindness   

    Kindness in the Classroom lessons teach kindness skills through a step-by step  framework of Inspire, Empower, Act, Reflect and Share. Each lesson starts with the  ‘share’ step to reinforce learning from previous lessons. The ‘act’ piece is woven into  the lessons but really takes place in the projects.   The Caring Unit is our second unit in a series of six. The Caring Unit focuses primarily  on helping students care for themselves, for others, and for their learning environment.  They will do this through lessons on compassion, empathy, sympathy, and helpfulness.     

      Unit Objective    Students will:   

    ● Define key kindness terms, including gratitude, caring, and compassion.  ● Identify the connection among caring, kindness, and helpfulness.  ● Connect empathy and sympathy to compassion.  ● Apply self-care thinking to their lives. 

      Student Introduction     Welcome to the Caring Unit! Over the next few weeks, we are going to build some superpowers around caring  and kindness, which means we work hard to take care of both ourselves and others! Specifically, we want to be  sure we grateful for the things we have; we help others when we can; and we take care of ourselves, others,  and our things. We are going to focus on these important areas:   

    ● Caring for ourselves, others, and our classroom!  ● Being grateful for all that we have every day!  ● Looking for ways to be helpers!  ● And showing kindness and compassion when others are in need, which can be as simple as inviting 

    someone new to join your game at recess time! Caring isn’t complicated!    Let’s get started with our first lesson! 


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    Unit Lessons    Lesson Title    Lesson Objectives    Materials Required            Lesson 1  My Name Word Puzzle 

    ● Identify things about themselves that they  appreciate. 

    ● Apply self-care thinking to their lives.  ● Present their acrostic to the class and 

    practice short presentation skills. 

      ❏ Pieces of tagboard or construction paper,  one per student. 

    ❏ Color pencils/markers     

    Lesson 2  Gratitude   Scavenger Hunt 

      ● Define gratitude.  ● Recognize various things they  

    are grateful for. 

      ❏ Scavenger hunt handout (see lesson)   


    Lesson 3  Compassion Connection:  Everyday Emotions  Part 1 

      ● Apply their understanding of feelings and  emotions and predict how others may feel  in response to different situations. 

      ● Interesting articles to read to prepare for  questions related to the science of  emotions:  https://www.verywell.com/how-many-emo tions-are-there-2795179  https://www.verywell.com/understand-bo dy-language-and-facial-expressions-4147 228   

    Lesson 4  Compassion Connection:  Superpower Emotions  Part 2 

      ● Apply their understanding of basic  emotions to their understanding of  compassion, empathy, and sympathy, and  predict how others may feel in response to  different situations. 

      ❏ Interesting articles to read to prepare for  how compassion and empathy are  emotions that can be heightened through  neurological training:  http://www.parentingscience.com/teachin g-empathy-tips.html 

    ❏ Two superhero-style   “Compassion Capes” (see lesson) 

    ❏ Masking or duct tape to create “paths” on  the floor. Can use the same tape to  create the “compassion center.” 

    ❏ Pictures 1-3 *see extension idea in the  lesson   

      Unit Projects    Project Title    Project Overview    Materials Required            Project 1  Thank You for Helping 

      This project is designed to help students  express gratitude to helpers and to recognize  that many people help without expecting  anything in return. 

      ❏ Thank you card template (see lesson)  ❏ Markers  ❏ Black/white board     

    Project 2   Gratitude Word Clouds 

      This project will allow students to practice  speaking skills, listening skills, writing skills,  and technology skills, all while building a visual  presentation that conveys ideas of gratitude  and highlights those things that many people  are thankful for, generating connectedness  with the larger school community.  


      ❏ Interview cue card (optional)  ❏ Notebook paper/pencil  ❏ Computer access to use the word cloud 

    generator (recommended:  http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm​) 

    ❏ Poster board  ❏ Markers 

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    https://www.verywell.com/how-many-emotions-are-there-2795179 https://www.verywell.com/how-many-emotions-are-there-2795179 https://www.verywell.com/understand-body-language-and-facial-expressions-4147228 https://www.verywell.com/understand-body-language-and-facial-expressions-4147228 https://www.verywell.com/understand-body-language-and-facial-expressions-4147228 http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html http://www.parentingscience.com/teaching-empathy-tips.html http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm



    Caring  2nd Grade • Lesson 1   

    My Name Word Puzzle  In this lesson, students will identify a variety of personal qualities that they like about  themselves. They will organize their ideas in the form of a name acrostic or word  puzzle which they will create themselves. The lesson incorporates a small element of  class presentation, which will also give students an opportunity to practice whole-body  listening.      Caring Sub-Concept(s)  Compassion, Kindness    Lesson Timeframe  35-40 minutes    Required Materials  ❏ Pieces of tagboard or construction 

    paper, one per student.  ❏ Color pencils/markers    Be prepared to share the history or  meaning of your name or of a family  member’s name to get students  thinking.    It might be meaningful to prepare an  acrostic for your name as an example.    Standards Map  This lesson aligns with CASEL  Competencies, National Health  Education Standards, and Common  Core State Standards. Please refer to  the ​Standards Map​ for more information.     

      Lesson Objective    Students will:   

    ● Identify things about themselves that they appreciate.  ● Apply self-care thinking to their lives.  ● Present their acrostic to the class and practice short presentation 


      Teacher Connection/Self-Care     In the first unit we talked about the importance of self-respect as a building  block for respect within our world. This unit our focus is on Caring, which  incorporates compassion, helpfulness, gratitude, and empathy. Caring is  defined as feeling and showing concern for yourself and others. With this  definition in mind, try to evaluate how you care for yourself.     Self-Care is a vital tool to ensure we have time to reboot. It is not selfish to  provide time each day to just focus on YOU. What do you do just for you each  day? If the answer is difficult to identify, brainstorm some ideas on how you  can care for yourself daily. If you’ve already started this process, attempt to  expand or deepen your self-care to include long term goals (such as working  out or taking a fun class). If you don’t care for you, how can you expect to  provide solid care for others?   

    Tips for Diverse Learners    ● Having a visual example of the word puzzle will probably be useful for 

    all learners  ● Can use the formal term “acrostic” for the word puzzle for interested 

    students  ● Advanced students may want to do a more challenging acrostic by 

    putting their name in the center and using the middle letters of their  name instead of the first letters, like this:  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/470626229786264958/ 


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      5-7 minutes    Welcome to our new unit, Caring! We will be talking about caring for others  and what it means to care for not only others, but also ourselves and our  space.    What does caring for others look like to you?     Invite student responses.    Part of offering care to others, though, is the ability to offer care to ourselves.  We call this self-care. Think about it. If you do not take care of yourself, how  will you have the energy to take care of someone else? You won’t!    So, today, we are going to think about all of the ways we take care of  ourselves and think about the things about ourselves that make us special.     Let’s start with how we take care of ourselves. What are the things you do to  take care of your mind?    Invite student responses; some sample responses are provided below:    Mind: Be kind to others, be thankful, help others, get enough sleep, do  puzzles, attend school, read, take deep breaths, learn something new, learn  another language, p