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Kindness Award for Students Pack

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF, Word | 1 page | Grades: K - 6

Reward kindness in the classroom with four styles of printable kindness certificates that celebrate thoughtful acts among your students and the environment.

Celebrate With Kindness Awards for Students

Recognize kindness among your students—both to each other and the environment—with this set of four printable kindness certificates to hand out when you notice your students are doing something kind for their friends and classmates. Positive behavior reinforcement is an important part of overall classroom management, and these awards have the added benefit of reinforcing the idea that kindness is valued and that students who exhibit kind behavior will be acknowledged and appreciated in your classroom. 

Not only will you give your students motivation to continue engaging in kind behavior, it can inspire others in the class to do the same!

Each editable award template includes a space to put the student’s name and the celebratory act. Use these certifications to thank students for their kindnesses any time of year, especially: 

😊 Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17)

🌈 World Kindness Day (November 13)

📚 Back to School week

💗 Social-emotional learning lessons

❤️ Kindness & compassion exercises

10 Ways Students Can Earn Kindness Awards

Your students can spread kindness like confetti to earn an award for being kind.  These are a few ideas to look out for or even suggest to your class:

  • Say please and thank you
  • Assist a peer with an assignment
  • Help clean up a mess you didn’t make
  • Plant flowers for the bees and butterflies
  • Hang a bird feeder
  • Hold a door for someone
  • Invite a schoolmate to join in a game
  • Say something nice about someone
  • Speak up for someone who needs help
  • Sit with someone you don’t usually eat lunch with

The more kindness going on in the classroom, the more your students will feel they’re learning in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Not to mention when students see their peers being recognized for acts of kindness, they may feel encouraged to follow their example and strive to be kind themselves.

How to Use These Kindness Awards

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the Microsoft Word, PDF, or Google Slides version of this resource. Print on cardstock for durability. 

You can hand these awards out at random when students are caught “doing good,” or you can save them up to hand out at your end-of-school class award ceremony or school assembly.


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