Waves of Kindess

Make just one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 people happy. For a little time, at least. ~Charles Willey

This lesson’s goal is for children to be able to define and apply the caring trait. Instructor will provide a visual, using the “Color of Care” activity. Instructor will read the book “How to Heal a Broken Wing.” Students will engage in activities, interact with one another, and recall information during the formative assessment taking place at the end of “Wave of Kindness.”

What does it mean to care for something or someone?

How can one demonstrate caring acts?

What is the difference between caring about something and being a caring person?

Materials: “How to Heal a Broken Wing” by Bob Graham, beach ball, two clear glasses, blue food coloring, and bleach

Lesson Plan

Anticipatory Set: Teacher will MODEL: The Color of Care Activity (5 minutes)

  1. kindnessTwo large glasses will be filled half way; one with water, one with bleach.
  2. Pour four drops of blue food coloring in the water glass,
  3. Explain that the blue water represents someone who is sad, hurt, and lonely on the inside. They are “feeling blue.”
  4. Explain when we care for someone who is sad, that can make a difference in their lives.
  5. Explain that the glass of bleach represents “caring.”
  6. Pour the bleach into the colored water.
  7. Explain by caring for others look at the difference we can make.
  8. Watch as the water slowly turns back to clear.
  9. Return to the water at the end of the discussion
  10. Watch [the video] at the top of the page

Discussion (8 minutes)

  1. Pair students up with someone from a different grade and different hair color.
  2. Once everyone has a partner, ask students to answer the following questions on a piece of paper: What does it mean to be caring?  What are things you care about? Who are people you care about? Where are places you care about? What would the world look like if caring acts didn’t exist? What are some ways we can demonstrate caring acts? Why is it important to be caring towards others?
  3. All partners come together in a circle and discuss the questions as a group. This is the chunk of the lesson. Get deep. Encourage them to open up.

Book Reading (10 minutes)how to heal a broken wing

  • “How to Heal A Broken Wing” by Bob Graham will be read by a 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grader
  • “How to Heal a Broken Wing” is about a boy who is walking with his mother in a busy city and suddenly notices an injured bird in the midst of chaos. Will and his mother nurse the bird back to health. This story shows that each living thing matters and that one person can make a difference in a life.

Post Book Reading: Wave of Kindness Activity

  1. Teacher explains that one of the nicest things about caring for others is that they’re likely going to be kind in return.
  2. Teacher encourages students to close their eyes and imagine yourself at the beach and you throw a beach ball as hard as you can in the ocean.
  3. The ball will return to you no matter how hard or far you threw it, the waves would bring the ball back to shore.
  4. Kind words and actions are the beach ball.
  5. As you toss out caring actions, before you know it someone else is doing something kind for you.
  6. Caring makes the world a better place for everyone.


downloadAfter explaining the analogy, take the beach ball and throw it to a student. That student must explain one thing they learned that day or a way to demonstrate a caring act and throw the ball back to the instructor. The instructor throws the beach ball to another students, the student answers, then returns the ball back to instructor. Instructor repeats this until everyone in the group has been asked one question.

Alignment with the Developmental Assets

  • Strengthens #26 Caring
  • Strengthens #33 Interpersonal Competence