Did you know that we have over 800 lesson plans for all kinds of fun holidays on the Teacher Lesson Planning Calendar? Random Acts Of Kindness Day (a.k.a R.A.O.K Day) is one of our favorites. We spoke to our Education Consultant, Sandi Genovese, and she gave us her top 5 favorite ideas to use for this special day.
If you are looking for an interactive bulletin board that brings the entire class together, you will love this helping hands idea. Have your students decorate their own "hands" and then assign classroom jobs. Have the students place their jobs inside their "hands" on the bulletin board. You can switch up the jobs weekly to include all your students. Grab the free lesson plan here for more details.
A little bag can go a long way. All you need is some colored paper and a few dies to get this project going. Sandi recommends that each student decorates their own bag to get started. Once the bags are completed, it would be fun to help students place handwritten compliments, pieces of candy or a small toy in each bag to share the kindness. To print out and get more information about this idea, click here.
There's a lot to love about this simple idea. Smaller students can easily decorate and give out wristbands with kind sayings to their classmates with this wristband project. If you're planning a field trip with your older students, this is a great project to consider as well. Wristbands can be cut out of foam for durability and given to older students for easy identification or for splitting into different colored groups.
Bring on the positivity with sticky notes! The idea is simple: have students write positive sticky notes and place them on other student's lockers, books, or desks. At the end of the day, your students are left with the feeling of having made someone smile and that is what R.A.O.K Day is all about.
This idea is a little different from the others because when placed in a central hallway, this bulletin board brings the entire school together. While you can use any shape to recreate this board, we love the idea of having a "school" of fish. We would recommend using our Fish die to make quick work out of cutting your shapes. Once you have your materials ready to go it's very simple: anytime your students or yourself notice an act of kindness write it down and post it on the wall! It makes quite an impact at the end of the day to see all the kind notes up on the board.
What activities do you have planned to get your students involved in a little random act of kindness today? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!