In today's morning meeting Mrs. Adams and I myself brought both classes together to talk about the importance of kindness (after being sprinkled with kindness by some 5th graders yesterday). We had a discussion about the choices we make and how we can choose to be kind or we can choose to be mean, but whatever we choose has a lasting affect on us and the people around us.
Students were then split into groups and given a plate, a tube of toothpaste, and a spoon. They were given 5 minutes to talk within their group and share something unkind that was said to them or that they said to someone else. Each time they shared they had to squeeze some toothpaste out of the tube and put it on the plate. They were extremely open and shared some pretty unkind things that were said.
We then stopped students and had another quick conversation about how our words stick. We often say that we don't 'mean' to say something or think that the words are gone. So they were challenged to put the 'words' (toothpaste) back into the container.
They quickly realized that they couldn't do it. We cleaned up and had another amazing discussion about how our words stick. We may not remember what we said, but the other person does. The words don't go away. We need to make sure that we THINK before we talk, write something online, or do something that could be unkind. Students were really amazed and had a great reaction to this! Mrs. Adams and I are looking forward to continued kindness form students from this moment forward! Check out the videos and pictures below from our activity!