The holidays are the perfect time of the year to teach students the importance of being kind. To do this, I like to have my students complete random acts of kindness throughout the month of December using a Holiday Themed RAK bingo to guide us. On this post, I will share the bingo board that I use with tips for how to use it in your classroom.
Ways to Use the Random Acts of Kindness BINGO
Here are some ways to use this bingo board in your classroom to promote random acts of kindness throughout the holiday season:
- We complete the bingo board whole class. While many of the tasks can and are completed individually, some only make sense if the whole class completes them (making holiday cards for another class, for example).
- To choose a random act of kindness, the class can vote or the teacher can choose or a combination of both.
- For the few materials needed (see below for a list), the students can bring in supplies or the teacher can fund it (with the vast majority of items already available in a classroom setting).
When I did this with my students, I was able to find all of the supplies to complete the random acts of kindness in my classroom already. Many of the acts don’t require any materials at all (and that is key because you want students to understand that being kind doesn’t have to cost them anything).
Here are the only supplies needed for a few of the acts of kindness:
- Small trash bags or large class trash bag
- Paper, crayons, or other supplies to make holiday cards and bookmarks
- Small treats (for the office staff)
- Sticky notes (for as many teachers as there are in your school)
- A book to donate to another class
- Two school supplies to give to another teacher and another class
What Happens When The Class Gets a Bingo
One of the main points of this “activity” is for the students to see that doing random acts of kindness is a reward in and of itself, so I don’t give a tangible prize for completing a bingo. Instead, we brainstorm other random acts of kindness that the students really want to do (and that also in a way benefit them) and they choose from that. Here are some ideas that can help you guide the brainstroming process:
- Join a younger grade at recess to play with them.
- Plan an activity for a younger grade level.
- Eat lunch with kindergarten students.
- Draw a picture or write a letter to a former teacher and give it to them (they love this because they are all about seeing their former teachers).
- Write small positive notes to give students in another classroom.
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