#BeingNiceMatters Sample Curriculum

Introduction

Objective

Students define nice in their own words! Students will receive #BeingNiceMatters packets. Students will model being nice through interpreting and acting out scenarios.

Description of Theme

The teacher starts with a question: “What does it mean to be nice?” Students talk in groups, give examples. Students share aloud with the whole group.

Share Bernice N. Matterson Video

Explain that Bernice is a role model for being kind. Ask if they can think of anyone they know who is an example of a nice person.

Introduce #BeingNiceMatters Packets

All packets include the #BeingNiceMatters silicone bracelets (which can be customized). Schools can also include other items such as t-shirts, stickers, tote bags, etc. Explain the responsibility of this packet.

Let the Exploration Begin

Allow the students time to become acquainted with the contents of their packet, and ask questions. This should be an exciting time for the students.

#BeingNIceMatters School Kit

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monthly theme calendar


Month 1

What does it mean to be nice?

Month 2

Being Nice with Family members.

Month 3

Being Nice with friends.

Month 4

Being Nice with strangers.

Month 5

Being Nice is an action.

Month 6

How to be nice when you’re having a bad day?

Month 7

How to share nice months through technology?

Month 8

Prevent bullying by being nice.

Month 9

What is your idea of being nice?

scenarios

OBJECTIVE:  Students will demonstrate being nice by acting out scenarios. The teacher will either explain the situation to students before students act it out or have students read the scenario before acting it out.

A neighbor is sad for some reason. You notice that he’s sad and you decide to give him a bracelet to make him feel better. His mother is really happy that you noticed he was sad and she is thankful for your nice action.
You come home after school and notice that your mom seems upset. You decide to give her a bracelet and tell her to thank you for all her hard work. Your dad is there too, and he tells you that you just did a wonderful thing by sharing the bracelet with your mother.
Your soccer team just finished a soccer game that was close. You and your friend on your team just won! You’re celebrating but then you realize how sad two of the other team players are. You go up and shake hands and then decide to give them a bracelet and tell them something nice about how they played.
Your big brother just got home from high school, and he has a ton of work. He has to study for a big test tomorrow. You decide to do something nice for him. You make him a snack and bring him a bracelet and tell him what a great guy he is.

SKITS

OBJECTIVE:  Students will plan how they will be nice by drawing or writing out different ideas. The teacher can utilize this opportunity to practice grammar/spelling unit that students are learning.

Students will work with partners to talk about whom they could give their bracelets to and what they could say. Students will choose at least two people to deliver bracelets to that week.   (Younger students will draw out their person and their plan.
Older students will write out their plan for what they will say and whom they will give the bracelet to.)
The teacher will emphasize that giving a bracelet is an acting of being nice and that you can also have a conversation with that person about something you’ve noticed.
The teacher will ask students to share whom they will give the bracelets to and what they can say to that person.
The teacher will add “Nice Homework” for the week, and students will commit to giving out two bracelets and having two nice conversations.
Short paragraph prompts related to being nice
Reading stories related to being nice
Being Nice Matters bracelet tracker

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