Inside: Use this pirate treasure kindness sort game to teach social emotional learning in a fun, hands-on way.
My kids always loved hunting for treasures at the park and in the sandbox at school.
They came home with pocketfuls of sequins and shiny rocks and pennies and beads.
And part of the fun is the hunt for something…which is why kids probably love hide and go seek and scavenger hunts and Easter egg hunts.
They get to search for the treasure.
And whenever we can use fun things kids already love with learning, it makes everything a little more meaningful and a little more hands-on for our kids.
So we’re connecting sorting pirate treasure to social emotional learning and character education by helping kids decide what is kind and what is not with our Pirate Treasure Kindness Game.
Great Ways to Teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL):
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.
To connect social emotional learning to writing we can use this Kindness Journal.
And we can give kids the chance to practice being kind with this Monthly Kindness Challenge.
We also love to use our year-round kind or unkind sorts like our Kindness Cookies, our Gumball Kindness, and this Pirate Treasure Kindness Activity.
What’s Included in the Pirate Treasure Kindness Kind or Unkind Sort Activity
24 gems with kindness or unkindness clipart in color
24 gems with kindness or unkindness clipart in black and white
Kind and Unkind sorting Treasure Chests 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 Pirate Treasure Kindness:
1. Purchase and print the cards and the Kind or Not Kind Treasure Chests 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 students on the coins and gems 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 treasure chest.
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 Pirate Treasure Kindness Kind or Unkind Sort Activity?