Books, A Linky and a Linky!

This week I am linking up my post about books with two great ladies and their linky parties! I am linking up with Diane at Teaching with Moxie for her February photo challenge linky

and with Tammy at 1 2 3 Teach With Me for her Book of the Month linky.

This week we started our value of the month "Kindness". The students and I brainstormed what kindness meant and how we showed kindness. We made this chart. Then I gave each student a heart post-it note. They wrote the name of someone they knew who was kind.

We talked about our plan for this month - to show kindness in our class, school community and larger community. We are planning on doing some R.A.K. this month and the kids are super excited by this! I am lovin' that they are so super excited to show kindness - we wrote R.A.K. in their agenda to remind them to think of things we can do to show kindness and some kids cheered. I think I am going to love this month of kindness.

Then students (individually and in pairs) were given a book that showed kindness. Before they left to read I set their reading purpose as "What can you learn about kindness from this book?". Here are some of the books we used (sorry for the photos - it was easier than trying to find all the book images).

(Because Amelia Smiled is the book title that is covered with a barcode! Hate that!
Bagels for Benny, Recess Queen and Miss Little's Gift are the books that I love the most!)

After reading the book the kids were given these reading response pages.

While we were talking I asked the kids if they thought adults needed to work on kindness too and most of them said yes! Love that they were not afraid to say it. I told them I agreed and when I was picking up their kindness books I picked up some for myself. These are the two books I picked up for me. This is not my usual type of reading but I am enjoying the stories and messages and I always love me some quotes that I can go around telling everyone around me (annoying to them, enjoyable to me!). I'm not finished but so far so good.

(Do One Nice Thing and Be the Miracle)

Be sure to stop by these great linky parties for more photos of what people love this month and for some fantastic book ideas.

Have a great time shopping at the TpT sale today!


  1. Thanks so much for linking up!! I love the idea of sharing R.A.K with your students:) Great Post!

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  2. What a perfect idea for February! I love RAK! It's the time of the year that the students could use a little reminder about recognizing the positive qualities in others. Thanks for sharing this idea! I'm so happy you linked up to the February Photo Challenge!

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  3. I am doing something similar with the Energy Bus for Kids. They are filling out "Tickets of Appreciation" when they witness or are a recipient of a RAK. This past Friday, the student with the most tickets received a special pencil. Everyone with a ticket in the box received a Reese's heart.


  4. Be the Miracle is a great book for us adults. I read it as part of a book club. Cute ideas!


  5. Hi there!
    I am so happy to join Diane's linky party.... Your Kindness RAK is so sweet! I can't find heart shaped post it's anywhere!
    Your book collection looks great!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Where did you find the heart post it notes? We are going to work on some R.A.Ks this month because they need to work on getting along. I wanted to have them post their R.A.K on a bulletin board, and using the post-it notes would be super easy!


    1. Whenever I see cool post-it notes I pick them up, so I'm not sure where these came from - Walmart, Staple/Business Depot and Target are likely candidates. Sorry, I wish I could tell you for sure - I also always snag the speech bubble post-its when I see them. I may have a post-it problem!


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