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Health Education - 3rd Grade
Standard 3 Objective 2
1 class periods of 30 minutes each
Students will appreciate diversity and demonstrate kindness through language and actions.
What we say to others can affect how they think and feel.
Read and discuss the book, Why Are You so Mean to Me?
Mount a large piece of butcher paper (6 by 8 feet) on a wall. Tell the students that for the next two weeks you want them to keep an eye open for class members doing positive, constructive, kind, and courteous things at school or on the way to and from school. On the butcher paper, have students write the name and comment about the person who was observed doing a positive and helpful thing. Some teachers use sticky notes rather than writing on the butcher paper.
Take time at the end of the day to fill and discuss the I Saw Someone Doing Something Good chart. Talk about the positive and good things people have observed. Discuss how people feel when good things are said and written about them, instead of negative things.
While it seems to be a common practice in society to focus on negative behavior, encourage students to continually seek out positive things that others do and offer positive feedback. Look for ways people are builders.
Emphasize that it is important to like oneself. One good way to accomplish this is by being kind to others.
This lesson is part of the Utah State Board of Education Prevention Dimensions program.