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Grades 1–3
Informational, Narrative, Persuasive

Kindness Counts

Nicolien Buholzer
Presented by: Cartoon Network
Why does kindness count? Students consider acts of kindness that they’ve experienced and reflect on the difference that kindness makes in the world.
What Your Students Will Learn

Students will collectively reflect on the power of kindness through a series of free-writes.

What Your Students Will Produce

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Grades 3–5
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Include Someone BINGO
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Narrative

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Grades 1–3
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Informational
Media
Narrative

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Grades 1–5
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Super Sentences: Verbs

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Narrative

Nouns, adjectives, adverbs—and in this case—verbs are the building blocks of super sentences. In this Spark, students share action words that bring them joy and incorporate those verbs into a story.

Grades 2–5
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Poetry

Students will define the word “ode” for themselves and identify the people and moments in their lives they’d like to celebrate in a poem.

Grades 1–3
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What’s Your Happy?

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Grades 1–5
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Poetry

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Grades 1–3
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What Do Feelings Sound Like?

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Poetry

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Grades 3–9
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Media
Narrative

This spark activity is designed to get your students on their feet while reinforcing the need for strong dialogue in narratives.

Grades 1–3
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Informational
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In this social-emotional learning writing prompt, students write about strategies for recognizing and overcoming the feeling of overwhelm.

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Memoir
Narrative
Persuasive
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Grades 1–5
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Narrative

Students are inspired to write about a time that they felt accepted and appreciated for who they are.

Grades 1–5
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Media
Narrative

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Grades 3–5
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Grades 3–12
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Grades 1–5
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Narrative

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Grades 3–5
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Mystery Food Poems

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Poetry

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Grades 1–5
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Memoir
Narrative
Poetry

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Grades 1–5
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Super Sentences: Adverbs

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Narrative

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Grades 1–5
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If Poems

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Poetry

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Grades 2–6
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Reading Between the Lines: Erasure Poetry
Grades 1–3
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Narrative

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Grades 1–3
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Poetry

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Grades 2–6
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