Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Here’s a story that will help children understand why it’s important to be kind to their classmates.  Cut a large heart out of red construction paper and hold it in your lap as you begin to tell the story below:

This is a story about a special friend named (imaginary name).  He always came to school with a smile on his face and a big heart full of love for his classmates.  (Hold up the big heart.)  (Name) listened to his teacher, did his best work, and helped his friends.  However, some of his friends weren’t always so kind.  Joe made fun of his shoes and broke a little of his heart.  (Tear off a piece of the heart and let it drop to the floor.)  Ann said, “I’m saving this seat and you can’t sit here” at story time and broke a little more of his heart.  Sammy wouldn’t share his crayons (tear off a little of the heart) and Sara called him a mean name.  What are some other things that might break his heart?  (Let the children name other things that cause hurt feelings as you let the pieces fall to the floor.)  By the end of the day his heart was all in pieces and it was so sad. 

Who can tell me how to put his heart back together?  What are some kind things you can do for your friends?  As children name different acts of kindness pick the pieces of the heart off the floor.  Glue the pieces together on a poster as a reminder to have a kind heart.  Encourage children to write friends’ names on the poster when they are kind and helpful to them!


  1. This is SO cute! And such a great way to remind the kids of how are words and actions can hurt others. Thanks for sharing!

    3rd Grade Gridiron

  2. That is great! thank you for sharing. I think I will use this on the small group of kids I have, you are a wonderful women. Thank you for you hard work and dedication.

  3. LOVE it - thanks for sharing. We are SUCH huge fans of your work, especially your cheers!!! We appreciate your influence and inspiration.

    The Corner On Character

  4. Love! Love! Love this. Can't wait to share with my 4th graders. Thanks!

  5. I am loving this! You are so wonderful! My Kinders rock to you everyday! Thank you for being such an inspiration! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  6. We did this only we bent a piece of the heart each time and said we were "wrinkling" someone's heart. Now the heart hangs where students can see it as a reminder not to do/say things that might wrinkle someone's heart!!

  7. WOW!!!!! Tomorrow I have Home Economics class and we're working on values. My class's value is Friendship and I was wondering what activity would really make a difference. I've working on it for three weeks and I don't think they really got what I tries to convey. I think this would be awesome. thank you