Activity Overview

Social awareness is the ability to understand things from other people’s point of view and feel empathy for others. It is also the ability to show respect for others and appreciate and embrace diversity. In the story Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, a young girl ponders the meaning of kindness when a classmate spills juice and everyone laughs. She gives several examples of small and big ways that we can be kind to one another, and how little acts of kindness can go a long way. For this activity, students will complete a 3 cell storyboard that illustrates an act of kindness.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell storyboard that illustrates an act of kindness.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a brief description for each cell, describing what is happening in the scene.
  3. Create an illustration that represents the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 3-4

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/1/1] Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2] Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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