Download a Class Set of Kindness Pledges

There are lots of ways to set the tone in your classroom and create a space that discourages bullying and promotes kindness to all. Everything from the supplies that you use to the lessons that you choose can make a difference in the way that your students interact with each other and with animals. So why not encourage them to commit to acting with kindness toward all beings?

TeachKind’s classroom kindness pledges will inspire students to share the world with animals and each other.

The kindness pledge is designed for elementary school students, and it’s the perfect way to get kids thinking about how to be kind, stop bullying, and help others—including animals.

This is an effective way to promote kindness at any time, but it’s perfect to use at the beginning of a new school year. Kicking things off by asking students to focus on and commit to exhibiting qualities such as empathy and respect can help set a standard in your classroom. After filling out the pledges, students can reflect on them all year long—whether to celebrate successes or to use as a reminder that will guide their actions.

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Note: If you’re an elementary school educator and want to extend these anti-bullying themes even further, check out our full Share the World curriculum kit, which includes a video, a teacher’s guide, a poster, a set of reproducible worksheets, and more—it’s always free for teachers.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind