What is Red Nose Day?
Red Nose Day is an international movement through Comic Relief to provide support to those in need. In America, the effort is focused on ending childhood poverty, one silly red nose at a time. You can participate by getting your red nose at Walgreens (cost is $1 and half of that goes to the cause), engaging in the conversation, tuning into NBC on May 24, 2018, or setting up your own fundraiser. Get the entire scoop at https://rednoseday.org.
Red Nose Day is about seeing a need and making a difference. I send my three kids off to class each day with “be a good listener, use best effort, & be kind”. There are an overwhelming number of books that can be used to guide you in a lesson on kindness. I chose to spotlight “Be Kind” by Pat Zietlow Miller and “What Does It Mean To Be Kind” by Rana DiOrio because they break down the concept of kindness into tangible actions. This is important to me for my particular students. These books explore what it means to BE KIND in a sincere and meaningful way.
In addition to the tangible examples given in these stories, we will also use this vocabulary template to guide us to a deeper understanding of kindness.
I absolutely adore that Rana DiOrio, the author of “What Does it Mean to be Kind?”, explores the multiple meanings of “kind” to start off the story. And the illustrations by Stephane Jorisch have such sweet details.
I appreciate the direct examples of kindness in both of the books. I have made a grid to go along with each story. Each grid has two variations – one with clipart and one without. Students who enjoy drawing can use the second grid to draw examples either from the story or their personal experiences.
I’m also excited about making this connections chart…How I will be kind a) to others b) to animals c) to the Earth and d) to myself. My favorite part? Of course it is decorating the face and gluing a red pom pom for the nose!
I hope you have fun adding a little silliness into the lesson of kindness! I’d love to hear how you are incorporating Red Nose Day into your teaching. You can grab this Promoting Kindness in the Spirit of Red Nose Day FREEBIE today!
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
~ Amelia Earhart