Lesson Plan

Compliment Circles

Compliments can build relationships and a positive class climate! In this lesson, students will participate in a compliment circle, give and receive compliments, and draw/write kind notes to others.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define the word "compliment," practice giving and receiving compliments, and offer kind words through drawing and writing.


(10 minutes)
  • Bring students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Give the class a compliment. For example, share that they came and sat quietly, or that they have been working hard on assignments. Offer a compliment to the class that feels genuine to you.
  • Ask, "What is it called when we sincerely call out the good and kindness in others?"
  • If needed, say, "It starts with a 'C.'"
  • Give students clues, if they are unsure, helping them to arrive at the word "compliments."
  • Ask students, "What does it mean to give a compliment? How does it feel to receive a compliment?"
  • Explain that they will participate in an activity where each person will give another person a compliment in pairs. Pair students up and then assign each partner to be either A or B. Tell the class that those that were assigned the letter A will go first.
  • Ask them to say the partner's name (who they are complimenting) loud enough so their partner can hear and to be sincere in what they say.
  • Ask, "What does it mean to be sincere?"
  • Explain that to be sincere is to really mean what you say because it comes from your heart.
  • Ask the class to hold their hand on their heart and take a few deep breaths.
  • Explain that once they have received a compliment they may put their hand back down on their lap or by their side, and then it will be time for those assigned the letter B to share.