The Little Engine That Could – Activity #3: "Put-Down Burial"
Activity #3: “Put-Down Burial”
This activity helps students become aware of the impact of kindness. Your classroom will be rid of put-downs after your class physically buries them.
- Slips of scrap paper
- Felt pens
- Small box
Step by Step:
Step One: Discuss the importance of saying kind words to others. Discuss that it is important that the classroom get rid of unkind words, or ‘put-downs’.
Step Two: Have the students provide examples of ‘put downs’. Teacher records student ideas on large slips of scrap paper.
- Examples: You’re stupid. You’re slow. You have funny clothes. I’m better than you.
Step Three: Once the teacher is finished recording the put-downs, provide each student with one of these slips of paper. Each student folds or crumples a ‘put-down’ and places it into a small box.
Step Four: Take the students outside and bury the box of put-downs.
(If no access to a burial site, bury the box in a garbage can and throw other things on top of the box.)
This symbolic gesture of burying (or throwing away) the unkind words is very powerful. Explain to the students that the words are dead/gone and never to be used again.