K1 Activity 2 – Put-Downs And Help-Ups


A huge part of being a helpful member of a caring classroom community is the art of being aware of the way we speak to each other. When we are conscious of the words and phrases we use, even in jest, we recognize the power of our words. It is important for students to have a voice in the classroom community. These types of discussions help students feel listened to and appreciated. The Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video sets the stage for a wonderful conversation about sticking together.


Students watch the Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video and collaboratively discuss and create common classroom language that is supportive of others.

Principle Overview

A sense of belonging is absolutely necessary for our health and well-being.The fragile “roots of belonging” are planted and nurtured in the elementary years. It is a crucial time for students to feel their place and purpose in the school group. From these roots, the whole child blooms into a contributing member of community. IM4U challenges all of us to seek out our purpose and experience that purpose in our lives.


Goals and Objectives:

  • Describe ways to give help-ups to others by working and playing well together.
  • Identify inappropriate social and peer behavior, such as put-downs.
  • Describe the importance of helping others.
  • Students can watch for examples of others giving help-ups and post them near the pledge.
  • You might create a certificate to pass out to students recognizing help-ups.
  • Remember—help-ups are great to share at the end of each day!
Cooperation and teamwork are integral skills for creating a sense of community. When students discover the benefits of working in groups, they learn how cooperation promotes a feeling of purpose and helps everyone to feel like they are a part of a learning community. Working with others encourages important learning skills such as listening, communicating, taking turns, and participating with the group. Group work can increase creativity, problem solving, and help with difficult tasks. When we work as a team, we can win together.

  • Throughout the unit activities, review skills that are important for cooperation. For example:
    • Listen to everyone in the group.
    • Take turns.
    • Do your part.
    • Say encouraging words.
  • Allow students to cooperatively create awards to pass out to one another when they hear a help-up.
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Activity Steps

  • Connector.

    Watch the Let’s Stick Together puppet skit video together. Discuss how Sammy and Martin were sticking together.

  • Connector.

    Talk about the ways we help each other when we give each other helpful, positive comments. We can be helpful, just like tape!

  • Connector.

    Talk about the difference between helpful comments (help-ups) and hurtful comments (put-downs). Ask students to help you brainstorm lists of examples of help-ups and put downs. Write their ideas on the board. Discuss:

    What is something helpful you can say?
    Has anyone ever said something that hurt your feelings?
    What did they say?
    What feels bad about these words?
    Has anyone ever said something helpful to you that made you feel good inside?
    What did they say?

    Refer to the brainstormed list from step 3, and as a class, create a list of help-ups on chart paper.

  • Connector.

    Make a group pledge to use help-ups with each other every day. Explain that a pledge is a promise. Have fun making up a short pledge together that students can recite. Post the pledge in the classroom.

  • Connector.

    Students can practice giving help-ups to their friends. They can do this by saying something helpful, or positive about someone such as “I saw Jessie help Carol with her work today.”

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    Students reflect on how help-ups and put-downs affect teamwork and cooperation.

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