Pay it Forward

Is it possible to measure kindness? Middle and high schoolers give it a try with a research project that tracks random acts of kindness. After planning seven ways to secretly improve the lives of others, learners use observational logs as evidence for a research essay that explains their findings.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use during a school-wide focus on empathy or social and emotional learning
  • Have learners compile their acts of kindness into a book, and share with staff members during a faculty meeting
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have experience with qualitative research
  • Requires access to the Internet

  • Connects empathy with the scientific method
  • Encourages adolescents to think of others without considering how it will benefit them

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