Being Helpful - Grade 5 Supplementary Activity

About This Lesson

In this lesson, students will recognize how being helpful can be an achievement to be proud of. Students will interview peers about times they received help, which leads into a class Acts of Kindness project.

Social Skills
15-75 Minutes
5th Grade

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, students will:

  • Explain the importance of helping others;
  • Explore ways to ask for help when they need it;
  • Identify ways that they can help their school community.

Xello Entry Point

In Xello, students can record their achievements or any actions they’ve performed that they are proud of. This lesson can help students generate ideas about what kinds of achievements they can record.

Driving Question

What responsibility do we have to help others who need it?

Future-Ready Skills


Social Responsibility

Respecting Others

Problem Solving


Lesson Breakdown

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10-15 minutes

Activity 1 - Classroom Helpers

In this journaling activity, students use some writing prompts to tap into their prior knowledge about what it means to be helpful in the classroom.


Activity 2 - Helping Interviews

In this activity, students share their experiences and thoughts on what it means to give—and receive—help with a partner.


Activity 3 - Acts of Kindness

In this activity, students brainstorm ways to help others in the school and embark on an Acts of Kindness project.


Exit Activity - Being Helpful

In this activity, students reflect on what they learned about being helpful and come up with hashtags that describe what they’re taking away from the lesson.

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