Spreading Kindness

Can you tell it's almost the end of the school year in your classroom?  Most things move really smoothly by the end of the school year, however, tattling is definitely an issue.  These little darlings have spent 155 days together and some of them are not so friendly to each other anymore.
So....in comes the Kindness Chain.  I have used this in the past and blogged about it 2 years ago, but I wanted to show you again.
I hang the sign from the ceiling.  Then, everytime I catch someone doing something kind for another student or teacher, I write it down on a strip and attach it to our chain.  As soon as our chain touches the ground, the students will earn a reward.
What are your secrets for spreading kindness during the last month of school?
Also, I had shared on my Facebook that I opened up an Instagram account.  You can search for FuninFirstBlog to find me.  I have to admit, I don't know for sure what I'm doing yet, but I'm trying ;)
Just a reminder that my Insect Unit is finished.  You can find it by clicking on the picture below.


  1. I am in LOVE with the kindness chain idea!!! Will be implementing this starting TOMORROW!!! cute, cute! :)

    Beg, Borrow, Steal

  2. I love the kindness chain! Right now we have chicks in incubators in our room. Even though they haven't hatched yet, they are magical in our classroom. The kids think the chicks won't hatch if they are too loud or if their is tattling or arguing going on. I might have to put another batch of eggs in the incubators to get us to the end of the school year.
    First Grade Funtastic

  3. My school began doing the kindness chains school-wide this year as a result of participating in Rachel's Challenge... the organization formed by the family of Rachel Scott, who died at Columbine. Have you heard of it? Love the idea and it's great for getting the kids to buy in. :)

  4. This sounds like a wonderful idea! I have a few students who are anything but kind to each other lately. Thanks for the idea!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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  6. I have a Kindness chain in my classroom but it's been out of use lately! Thanks for the reminder to get that going again!

  7. The chain is a great idea! There are so many great tips for end of year behavior management on teacher blogs this week. This is one of my favorites! I will be starting it the day we get back from spring break!

    The Math Maniac

  8. Hi Jodi! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I just might have to try it!

    Teaching Little Miracles

  9. Our guidance counselor does a kindness chain at the beginning of the year with my kiddos. Each kiddo has to write a compliment about another peer (drawing). It is still hanging up in our classroom today!


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