It’s finally finished! I’ve been busy the past two weeks creating a character-building project for my classroom. I have some students this year who are having a difficult time understanding how to be kind and caring friends in our room (even though I teach and preach this from Day One…). This gave me the idea to create a friendship unit and year-long project I can use with my kiddos.
At my school, we have Kindness Coupons. It is a great way to promote kindness and positive behavior. If a teacher notices a student doing a random act of kindness, the student earns a coupon. They can then trade their coupons in for a reward from the office. Coupons can be earned by helping a teacher, cleaning up the classroom without being asked, etc.
I decided to create a project that focuses solely on how my students treat one another in our room. Hence – The Friendship Fairy! She (or he) flies around the room on the lookout for wonderful friendships. The pack has many different tools teachers can choose to use throughout the year: desk notes, Friendship Fairy coupons, punch cards, and certificates. It also includes four different writing activities and a cute Friendship Fairy craftivity! It comes with a Friendship Fairy classroom poster, thinking map, tree map, friendship contract, and eight friendship scenario cards to use for a class discussion and in class meetings.