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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Read aloud for kindness and empathy.

Each Kindness

Watch the story or try and read it yourself (turn the sound off). Once you have finished have a go at answering these questions in your purple book. 

1. Describe Maya, what did she look like? 

2. 'and on that first day Maya turned to me and smiled. But I didn't smile back. I moved my chair, myself and my books a little further away from her.' 

How do you think Maya felt? 

3. How do think Maya would have felt if the person in the story had smiled back at her? why? 

4. What items did Maya bring to show her friends at school? 

5. What did they say every time Maya asked to play with them? 

6. If you were Maya what would you do? would you want to be their friend? explain.

7. Think: How could you be kind to others around you? in your home your family or your friends? 


Hold a door, carrying something, smiling at someone. 



 Kindness Pond: Get a large bowl of water that you can drop a stone into. Each person in your family takes a small stone, says something kind they have done that day or recently, and drops the stone in the water to demonstrate the ripple
effect of their kind act. Think about a kind act you have done recently (vs. a long time ago) and remind yourself, as Chloe was reminded, that it can be a very small thing that they did (hold a door open for someone, smile etc.). If anyone cannot think of a kind act then think of a kindness they experienced themselves, they observed someone else do, or that they will try to do before the end of the day. 
Kindness is always a choice and they have infinite opportunity to make kind choices each day.
Be sure to discuss the ripple effect and talk about how one kind act can lead to another kind act.