We want to help you engage students to participate in our new Kindness Theme so we’re offering many resources to help you and your students to get creative, including the following lesson plans!
FREE Kindness Lesson Plans: All six plans contain many resource links and teaching strategies appropriate for various age levels and can be adapted to a wide range of media. Many involve Social and Emotional Learning [SEL] approaches. It is interesting to note that three of the plans come from the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Emeritus Division by veteran teachers who wish to share their experience and expertise. These plans will be shared with first-year art teachers whom they are mentoring – so another example of Interdependence in action!
For links to complete lesson plans, please visit our Forms and Resources page and scroll down to Lesson Plans or find a link for each individual lesson plan below. Below are some summaries of the plans that highlight what you will find. We are so grateful to the teachers who submitted lesson plans for Kindness projects; your kindness to help this project succeed is appreciated.
- “Kindness” a lesson plan suitable for K – 5, including strategies for Special Needs students, synchronous and asynchronous teaching, from Nicole Delevan and Danielle Fitzmorris, two teachers from Wallenpaupack Are School district, PA.
Four Middle School Plans (two of which may also be used with high school students)
- “Kindness and Art, Hand in Hand (Hexagon Project 2022)”- this lesson plan integrates ways that artists and art have portrayed kindness from Melissa Cruise, Art Teacher at Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligences School in Scranton, PA. Cross-curricular connection: Language Arts.
- “Create A Stop Motion Animation about Kindness”- this lesson plan to promote kindness from Kris Fontes, PA Art Education Association Emeritus Division Director, uses new media to help students tell their stories of Kindness.
- “Kindness Lives Here”- this multi-media lesson plan by Jackie Thomas, PAEA Emeritus Division, outlines a variety of media that directly addresses the PA Humanities Council project: The Kindness Poem Project and crowd-sourced poem by Trapeta B. Mayson.
- “Kindness Hexagon Project”- this collage plan integrates Language Arts and choice, good discussion questions and many resources, from Melissa Gallagher, PAEA Emeritus Division.
High School Plan
- “Human Kindness” – this multi-media lesson plan involves a virtual tour of a pop-up museum, personal narratives [SEL] as well as visual art, from Lisa Temples, art teacher at Riverside Jr-Sr High School, Taylor, PA.