Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

Ripples of Kindness

Encourage students to share the story about a powerful act of kindness that they have experienced.

Activity Partner
Total time estimate:
30-60 minutes
Activity Objectives
  • Students will remember a time when someone showed them kindness and consider how this person's actions impacted them
  • Then, using their experiences as inspiration, students will consider how to practice compassion for others, continuing a ripple effect of kindness and fostering a more positive community

This activity supports the development of the following
social-emotional skills: self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.


Guide students through a discussion about a powerful act of kindness that they have experienced. You might ask: 

  • What is something kind that someone else did for you? How did their actions make you feel? What was the impact of their actions?
  • What did you learn about practicing kindness from this experience? 
  • When you think about this experience and its impact on you, do you feel inspired to show compassion to someone else?
  • What are some actions that you could take to continue this "ripple of kindness"? 

Then, prompt students to use these guiding questions to illustrate the "ripple effect" of kindness, and show how one person's actions can make a positive impact on others, inspiring them to also practice kindness towards others.

Students might create artwork, write a journal entry or poem, gather words and images in a collage, or record a video to illustrate this effect.


Share your students’ stories with your Empatico partner class (e.g., through a live virtual exchange or a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, Gimkit Ink, or Padlet). Invite students to share more about their experiences and ask each other questions.


Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: 

  • Who is your story about? How did you illustrate your story? What feelings did you notice during this process? 
  • Are you planning to share your story with them? Why or why not? 
  • What did you discover about your classmates from the stories that they shared? Were there any similarities between your stories? 
  • How did your classmates' stories make you think about how your own actions affect others?
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