Inside: Use this kindness raindrops hands-on activity to help students decide what is kind and what is not kind in this sel curriculum sort.
Spring to me is always connected to rain and rainboots and of course, after the rain, a rainbow.
We love to go out in the rain and splash and play and then hunt for rainbows.
It helps that I now have fun yellow rainboots I love and an upside-down umbrella that keeps me dry.
And whenever we can connect raindrops and spring weather with learning, it makes everything a little more fun and a little more hands-on for our kids.
So we’re connecting raindrops to social emotional learning and character education by helping kids decide what is kind and what is not with our Kindness Raindrops Kind or Unkind Sort.
Great Ways to Teach SEL in the Spring:
The beauty of teaching social emotional learning and character education is that it can be taught anywhere, to any grade, for any amount of time. And it connects to any holiday, season, or “traditional” curriculum like reading and writing.
So while you can teach social-emotional learning at any time of the year, spring is a great time to focus on it.
We also use this Spring Kindness Challenge where we do a spring-themed act of kindness every week, all throughout March, April, and May.
What’s Included in the Kindness Raindrops Kind or Unkind Sort Activity
24 raindrops with kindness or unkindness clipart in color
24 raindrops with kindness or unkindness clipart in black and white
Kind and Unkind sorting umbrellas in color and black and white
Kindness worksheet to help kids show what they know and determine what is kind and what is not kind in color and black and white
2 writing sheets: 1 for early writers/prewriters and 1 for writers.
How to Use the Kindness Raindrops:
1. Purchase and print the cards and the Kind or Not Kind Umbrellas on cardstock paper.
2. If you print them in black and white, you can color in the cards first. Make sure to use skin color crayons like these to ensure the kids on the raindrop cards are diverse.
3. Cut apart the cards
4. Go over the pictures on the cards to ensure children understand what the picture depicts. You can use these as discussion starters before or after the activity.
5. The students will sort the cards by kind actions or unkind actions by placing the cards near the correct umbrella.
They can do this during independent centers, small groups, or as a whole group in a pocket chart.
6. To follow up on the activity, students can complete the worksheet to show their understanding.
7. To connect this sel activity to writing standards, students can draw a picture and write how they will choose to be kind this season. Pre-writers can dictate their sentences.
Ready to Use the Kindness Raindrops Kind or Unkind Sort Activity?