50 Acts of Kindness for the Classroom

Promoting acts of kindness teaches empathy and good citizenship.  This compilation will give you 50 acts of kindness that you can use in your classroom to engage your students in acts of kindness that they can do at school.

  1. Hold the door open for the person behind you.
  2. Let a classmate go in front of you in line.
  3. Hold the water fountain for someone else.
  4. Give a friend a pencil.
  5. Tell someone you are happy to see them.
  6. Give your teacher a compliment.
  7. Give the principal a compliment.
  8. Read a book to a friend or younger student.
  9. Be ready when the teacher starts class.
  10. Say hi to someone you don’t know.
  11. Talk to someone who doesn’t have a lot of friends.
  12. Invite someone new to play with you at recess.
  13. Write a thank you note to the librarian.
  14. Pick up trash in the hallway.
  15. Pick up trash in the classroom.
  16. Be a helper to your teacher.
  17. Give the janitor a compliment.
  18. Write the janitor a note saying how great things look.
  19. Invite someone to sit with you at lunch.
  20. Clean your desk without being asked.
  21. Write your teacher a nice note on your homework.
  22. Draw a picture for the art teacher with a nice note.
  23. Help another student with his or her classroom job.
  24. Tell a joke or make someone laugh.
  25. Make a card or note for your bus driver.
  26. Compliment the chef in the cafeteria.
  27. Smile at people, especially those who aren’t smiling!
  28. Ask your teacher or aide if you can help with anything.
  29. Get ready for the next subject quickly.
  30. Say “Good Morning” to others when you get to school.
  31. Bring a treat for someone else.
  32. Tell someone you are thankful for them and say why.
  33. Give a book you are done with to another student.
  34. Donate books to the classroom.
  35. Help another student who is struggling.
  36. If someone drops things in the hallway (even a teacher) help pick up.
  37. Write a nice note or draw a picture for another student.
  38. Sit next to or talk to someone who looks upset.
  39. Let another student borrow a pencil, eraser, crayons, markers, or something else they forgot.
  40. Say “hi” and smile to other students and adults in the hallway.
  41. Make cards to send to a senior center.
  42. Thank a soldier with a special note.
  43. Compliment your friend’s parents.
  44. Leave something special in someone else’s mailbox – or even for your mailman!
  45. Dry the slides and swings on the playground after it rains.
  46. Say “bless you” when someone sneezes.
  47. Say “please” and “thank you” a lot.
  48. Clean up, even if you didn’t make the mess.
  49. Donate tissues or bring other things for the classroom.
  50. Do something before your teacher asks you.

2 thoughts on “50 Acts of Kindness for the Classroom

  1. What a fantastic list of 50 ways to encourage empathy and kindness in the classroom! Thank you for your thoughtful list which can easily be implemented in the classroom.

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