Kids Helping Others

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jan 9, 2015 4:18:06 PM


Students Can Help Others Through Life Experiences

Creating a classroom climate that promotes caring, kindness and concern for others helps to promote a positive learning environment. Educators can set up their learning environment for success by employing the following strategies:

  • Use praise frequently, and encourage students to praise each other
  • Teach good manners to students, and reward students that use manners
  • Designate one bulletin board as The Helping Board. Students can post newspaper articles that describe acts of kindness in their local community and around the world. Students can also use post-its to post acts of kindness that they see in their school and classroom.
  • Highlight and encourage reading of high quality literature that promotes altruism.
  • Explicitly teach vocabulary that kids can use to encourage good manners and positive talk in the classroom.

Books To Inspire Altruism


Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, narrative and engaging texts. Sharing these books is an excellent way to get students excited about helping others. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at


Helping Hands

by Anna Prokos (author), Nathan Jarvis (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781936163106Ocho is the best at helping others. But who will help him when he needs it? Character concept: Caring: Be kind.

thumb-1Ayudamos a preservar habitats (Helping Habitats)

by Barb Webb (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781627174350

Young Readers Discover What Harms Habitats And What People Can Do To Help.

thumbBest Boat Race Ever!

by Lin Picou (author) © 2013
ISBN: 9781618104380

A boat race turns into a lesson in helping others when Carly’s boat begins to sink and Jose’s boat flips over. The two decided helping each other was more important than winning the race.

freeclipart appleConnecting To The Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at


Key Ideas and Details:

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

Craft and Structure:

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
(RL.1.8 not applicable to literature)
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.



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