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Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness Unit study

Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness

A Unit Study to Help Young Catholics Learn About Being Kind

 

The Lesson

This Virtue of Kindness Unit Study celebrates the virtue of kindness and is intended to help Catholic kids practice and live their faith in a real way. It is designed to be used daily, over the course of a month. With a weekly core lesson, daily reinforcement with scripture discussions, prayer, and the incentive progress sheets children quickly learn how to recognize and begin practicing the virtue of kindness. Additional worksheets and activities extend the learning fun.

Unit Summary

Grade Level:  K-6
Age:  6-10
Focus:  Virtue Lesson Unit Study
Theme:  Kindness

Step 1. Download the Lesson Packet

This small packet contains the teacher info as well as the main lesson and activity sheets needed for students.

Step 2. Download the Support Materials

With a goal of training young learners to develop habits to form and live virtuous lives, we focus on the virtue of kindness. This unit study helps to meet this goal by incorporating a variety of fun and engaging components. Each is listed below along with additional support materials to accompany and extend each lesson component.

 

 

Aesop’s Fables Materials

 

Aesop’s Fables provide simple but effective use of short stories to teach morality.

This unit study incorporates the use of moral tales. These short fables by Aesop highlight the work of Milo Winter, and they are used in weeks two and three of this unit study. This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make it appealing to young readers. Excellent discussions can occur with such simple stories. Sometimes the stories selected can fit into other virtues as well as the one presented. Feel free to use them repeatedly.

Although most morals are relatively clear-cut, there are a few stories that require thought as to their selection and inclusion in this unit study. Sometimes it is because they provide a positive example of the highlighted virtue, other times it is because they are a negative or contrary example of the virtue. Having older learners come up with a reason for why the fable was selected is a great exercise and can even be turned into a simple writing assignment. Writing paper featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue is provided. For younger students, trace copywork reiterating the moral is offered in both print and cursive styles for reinforcement.

Download the Aesop Materials Below.

Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Dove
Aesop’s Fable: The Ant and the Dove
Teach Using Aesop's Fable of the Ant and the Dove.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach a lesson in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has over-sized text and a color image, which make...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Kid and the Wolf
Aesop Copywork Set for the Kid and the Wolf
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Kid and the Wolf.   Find two copywork sheets in this Aesop Copywork Set for the Kid and the Wolf. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been provided,...
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Aesop Copywork Set for the Ant and the Dove
Aesop Copywork Set for the Ant and the Dove
Focus on the moral truth from Aesop's Fable of the Ant and the Dove.   Find two copywork sheets in this Aesop Copywork Set for the Ant and the Dove. There is one to trace in cursive and the other in manuscript. A generous writing area has been provided...
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Aesop's Fable: The Kid and the Wolf
Teach with Aesop's Fable: The Kid and the Wolf.   Enjoy a printable version of this timeless fable from Aesop designed to help teach a lesson in virtuous behavior and morality.  This resource has oversized text and a color image, which makes it...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 16
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 16
Kids Can Have Fun Using the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 16.   Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember all the great moral teachings from Aesop in The Aesop for Children, Illustrated by Milo Winter. Montessori cards...
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Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 3
Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 3
Learn with the Aesop’s Fables Montessori Cards Set 3   Playing, reading, and moral training don't usually go together, but they do in the case of our Aesop's Fables Montessori cards. Use these cards to help children explore, ponder, and remember...
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Scripture Suggestions for the Virtue of Kindness

 

“Therefore, clothe yourselves like the elect of God: holy and beloved, with hearts of mercy, kindness, humility, modesty, and patience.   – Colossians 3:12

“The lips of the foolish meddle in disputes. And his mouth provokes conflicts. The mouth of the foolish is his destruction, and his own lips are the ruin of his soul.”   – Proverbs 18:6-7

“See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone. Instead, always pursue whatever is good, with one another and with all.”   – 1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

Additional Passages:

Matthew 7:12
Acts 28:2
Ephesians 2:6-7
Galatians 6:10
3 John 1:11
Isaiah 54:8
Joshua 2:12
1 Samuel 20:14-15

 

The quotes and references provided above are taken from the Douay-Rheims Translation of the Holy Bible.

Ideas for Studying Scripture Using This Unit Study

Choose a favorite scripture passage about kindness from your own collection or the selection above to discuss with students. You may wish to use a passage for copywork or handwriting practice. Writing Paper is provided featuring the thematic image for this particular virtue.

Alternately, students may be encouraged to study about the virtue of kindness with a fun, hands-on activity F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Tab Booklet. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple to finish construction. Students can then write in the book. The scripture notation is written on the tabbed edge, and the body of the text is written on the piece. Children may copy a Bible verse presented by the teacher featuring this virtue, or they may give a narration of a favorite verse they may have studied previously.

This tabbed F3 piece can accommodate up to five different scripture passages. Versions are provided in black-and-white as well as color and feature the thematic image used throughout the unit study. Finished books can be glued into a notebook or blank F3 Folder.

 

Read our article with pictures on How to Assemble an F3 Bible Verse Piece.

 

 

F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Kindness
F3 Tab Booklet - Bible Verses About Kindness
Make Scripture Study About the Virtue of Kindness a Hands-On Activity with Our Bible Verse F3 Piece.   This little F3 (Flip, Flap, Fold) Piece encourages Bible study about kindness. Learners cut out tabbed pieces, arrange them in order, and staple...
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Virtue of Kindness Writing Paper
Virtue of Kindness Writing Paper
Writing Sheet Prompts Thoughts About Kindness.   This writing sheet has just the right amount of cuteness to draw young writers to share their thoughts about kindness. The set includes a black-and-white and color version of the writing sheet. This...
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Reading Activities and The Book List

Select a book from the list below to read to help them see some examples of this virtue in action. Each title incorporates or focuses on the virtue of kindness in some way – either in the theme, the plot or through a specific character. Some characters will provide a positive example of the virtue, while other characters seem to lack the virtue.

Don’t forget that picture books are great for any age group and present ideas very clearly. Children can use the “Reading Log Bookmark” included in this unit to help them keep track of their reading.

Use the “Dr. Virtue’s Discussion Questions” cards to help learners connect the stories and the virtue being studied. Older learners may enjoy being led in a book discussion using the question cards as prompts. Cards can also be given out to students to answer on their own as a writing assignment or proof of learning.

Some learners may enjoy doing a book report or review a specific book. Use one of our fun templates below to guide young readers or new writers.

Look through the selection of reading suggestions below. Feel free to use other titles as well.
 

Picture Books That Can Teach About Kindness

The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
Clown by Quentin Blake
The Golden Goose by Leslie Brooke
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk
Angelo by David Macaulay
Ruth and Naomi by Jean Marzollo
The Paper Crane by Molly Band
Franklin’s Christmas Gift by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
 

Easier Chapter Books That Can Teach About Kindness

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson
One Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes and Louis Slobodkin
 

Chapter Books That Can Teach About Kindness

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde and Lisbeth Zwerger
 

Other Books That Can Teach About Kindness

Parables from Nature by Mrs. Alfred Gatty (Various Stories) Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum (Various Stories)
 

Download the Additional Reading Aids Below.

Virtue of Kindness Reading Log Bookmark
Virtue of Kindness Reading Log Bookmark
Help Young Catholics to Learn About Kindness as They Track Their Reading Progress.   Young readers can easily keep track of the books they read with this fun bookmark that reinforces the virtue of kindness. With each completed book or story, readers...
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Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Blank Simple Book Review for Beginners
Simple Book Review Helps Children Explore Reading and Sharing Their Opinions with Others   Do you have a learner who likes giving their opinions about anything and everything? You could easily use that to your advantage with this simple book review....
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Recipe Book Report
Recipe Book Report
This Recipe Book Report Brings Smiles and Fun to Literature Exploration.   Do you have a child who likes to cook? Are you looking for something completely different to use to pick apart your child's favorite read? Look no further. This fun Recipe...
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Blank Detailed Book Report
Blank Detailed Book Report
This Six-Page Blank Detailed Book Report Is Ready Fun for Beginning Readers and Writers.   Many times when we think of book reports, we think of something stale, cut and dry. Perhaps we envision something full of research, or something, dare I...
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Saint Study

 
Saint study is important. This is why we have incorporated it into this unit study. Every saint uniquely encounters Christ. From living simply to doing pious works, shepherding the Church to evangelizing to the nations, the saints followed a path to our Lord. We, too, can follow a path to Christ by studying their lives. When kids learn about the holy heroes of the Faith, they can feel encouraged to grow in a variety of virtues, including kindness.

Help children to better understand the virtue of kindness by learning about St. Thérèse of Lisieux, who is affectionately known as the Little Flower.  The What Can St. Thérèse of Lisieux Teach Me About Kindness Worksheet is included in the lesson packet to help guide students on a simple study of this saint.
 

Below are some fun and creative ways to incorporate the study of St. Thérèse of Lisieux into this virtue lesson.

 

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Saints We Celebrate in October Word Search
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Use the October 2022 Printable Liturgical Calendar Page to Navigate the Month.   The October 2022...
Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle
Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle
Celebrate Eleven Holy Heroes with the Name the Saint Crossword Puzzle.   The Name the Saint Crossword...
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Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness Unit Study
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St. Therese of Lisieux Cupcake Topper
St. Therese of Lisieux Cupcake Topper
Celebrate with a St. Therese of Lisieux Cupcake Topper!   Create a simple, quick cupcake topper...
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)
Saints and Symbols Match-Up Game (Female Saints)
Encourage Children to Learn About the Saints.   Help children learn some of the symbols of popular...
What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet
What Can St. Therese of Lisieux Teach Us About Kindness Notebooking Sheet
Discover the Virtue of Kindness by Studying About St. Therese of Lisieux.   Use this notebooking...
St. Thérèse of Lisieux Saint Party Pack
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Create a booth for an All Saints’ Day party that features St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Saint Poster Saint...
Instructions on How to Make St. Therese Little Acts of Kindness Beads
Instructions on How to Make St. Therese Little Acts of Kindness Beads
This little string of ten beads encourages children to make small sacrifices for God and do good deeds...
St. Therese of Lisieux Poster
St. Therese of Lisieux Poster
Feature a St. Therese of Lisieux Poster in Your Learning Environment.   This single sheet St. Therese...

See All of Our Resources About Kindness

Browse our entire collection of materials that incorporate the virtue of kindness in some way. See individual materials from this virtue lesson as well as additional activities not found in the lesson.

Our Virtue Lessons for Kids Check-Off Sheet
Our Virtue Lessons for Kids Check-Off Sheet
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Acknowledge Student Achievement with the Led by Love Award Certificate Set.   Use the Led by Love...
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Celebrate Following Christ with Our I Want to Be Like Jesus Poster Set.   Decorate your classroom...
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Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness Unit Study
Teach Young Catholics About Being Kind with Our Virtue Lesson About Kindness Unit Study.   Our Virtue...
A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Kindness
A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Kindness
Our A-Z Quest for the Virtue of Kindness Can Help Kids Reflect on Being Kind to Others.   Invite...
Virtue of Kindness Chart Set
Virtue of Kindness Chart Set
Help Children Learn to be Kind and Helpful.   Use this progress incentive chart set featuring the...
Virtue of Kindness Keytag Set
Virtue of Kindness Keytag Set
Encourage and Recognize the Kind Behavior of Your Students with the Virtue of Kindness Keytag Set. Consider...
Virtue of Kindness Word Search Worksheet
Virtue of Kindness Word Search Worksheet
Use Word Fun to Reinforce the Virtue of Kindness.   Help young Catholics better understand the virtue...
Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Kindness Worksheet
Dig Deeper into the Virtue of Kindness Worksheet
Prompt Young Catholics to Think About and Discuss the Virtue of Kindness.   Help children recall...
Grow in the Virtue of Kindness Prayer Worksheet
Grow in the Virtue of Kindness Prayer Worksheet
Remind Young Catholics of Ways to Live Out the Virtue of Kindness.   Help children to learn easy...