Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mentor Text 12.15.13

Good Morning!  We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky.  This week the theme is Social Studies.  In December at our school we focus on the character trait, Kindness.  We think this works out perfectly for such a busy time of year!  Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed is a book that is great to illustrate kindness and how important it is.  The best thing about this book is the fact that it shows that people, old and young, can do very simple things that make others (and themselves) feel better.  This book contains a "pay it forward" message which is so great this time of year. 

If you don't have your own copy of the book, there is a read aloud version on YouTube:

Starting the first school day in December our grade level makes "Kindness Bells."  Each child has a bell (which has a poem about kindness glued to it) that they add links to each time their teacher catches them being kind.  The kiddos are always really excited to add links to their bell and we find them making "kind choices" often with all the reminders about how important it is.

After we have read about and have discussed kindness, we have the kiddos do this "Kind / Unkind" sort.  We discuss each scenario and decide if the action is kind or unkind.  Usually there is quite a bit of discussion and we always follow it up with how the scenario could have been different.  If you'd like a FREE copy of this fun activity, click here!  

This kind / unkind sort is one of the activities in our Winter Packet, "Baby it's Cold Outside."  This packet has over 30 Math and LA activities in the themes, Winter Wonderland, Christmas / Hanukkah, and New Year / Chinese New Year.  The activities are sure to keep your kiddos engaged in December and January!  

We hope you have a great week!


  1. Aw, I needed this book when we started our RAK two weeks ago! I couldn't remember the name of the book!!! How cute are those bells! Sorry for commenting so late! Thanks for linking up!!!!

    1. I keep seeing the "RAK" idea on blogs; so neat! Great for kids and adults alike!

  2. I cant seem to get the doc to open =(

  3. Would I be able to get a copy of the kindness poem that goes on the bell?
    Thank you!