I'm always looking for ways to tie kindness into our class activities. After doing a typical Flat Stanley project one too many years, I decided to spice it up and integrate kindness. I wanted the project to be about doing things for others, not what my students would get in return. And so Flat Stanley's Spreading Smiles Across the States project was born.
We started off by talking about acts of kindness-what they look like and why they are important. There are many great books, but I love "The Kindness Quilt" and "Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler"
We brainstormed what kindness looks like and made our own kindness quilt.
Each student designed a Flat Me. I stuck labels to the back to explain the project.
Each Flat Me was sent home with a packet to include a parent letter, ideas for acts of kindness, a class journal page, and a page of kindness hearts. The students first had to do an act of kindness at home or in their community. They wrote about these and shared them with the class. We added the journal pages to our class kindness book.
After completing an act of kindness locally, the Flat Mes were mailed in typical Flat Stanley fashion with the intent of the recipient completing an act of kindness. Each time a Flat Me would return we would put it on our kindness bulletin board.
We would tally the acts of kindness, color in our kindometer graph, and place a heart sticker on the map of the location.
The class would always get so excited when a Flat Me returned or sent back an act of kindness. It was nice to take the typical Flat Stanley adventures one step further and know that we were making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time!
I'll be back in a few weeks with our latest Spreading Smiles adventures for this year. In the meantime, if you would like to start your own kindness project you can find it here. This unit includes everything you need to start your own Flat Me Kindness revolution. There are editable letters, labels, templates, printables, and class activities to promote kindness.