Red Nose Day in School provides free teaching empathy activities, lesson plans, and resources to help students learn about the issues facing children in need, strengthen their social-emotional skills, and realize their power to help others.

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ELA, SEL, Civics + Social Engagement | Grades 2–5

Celebrating Empathy & Kindness

We know that this is a challenging time for both teachers and parents, as you adjust to remote and hybrid learning while caring for the emotional wellbeing of your children.

Our free, remote-ready lessons and routines provide a fun way to strengthen classroom community, help children build empathy, develop literacy skills, and learn about social issues.

Better yet, this flexible, year-round program can be done in the classroom or at the kitchen table!

Check them out below!

Join the Joke-Ha-Thon


    Join the Joke-Ha-Thon!

    Between April Fool’s Day and Red Nose Day on May 27, students will use the power of laughter to raise money to support children living in poverty — and raise some spirits, too!


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100th Day of School + President's Day
100 days of school remote learning lesson
Writing for Social Action

Students will use their research and letter-writing skills to make a difference for children in need in their communities.

National Reading Month
empathy activities
Building Empathy Through Reading

Students will read informational text to develop empathy for those in need.

April Fool's Day
April Fools Day Lesson
Literacy, Empathy, and Humor

Students will use humor and creativity to build literacy skills and prepare for the Joke-Ha-Thon!

All Year Long
Nomination Certification
Everyday Heroes Classroom Routines to Build Empathy

Build empathy, strengthen classroom community, and celebrate your students’ acts of kindness! Includes routines, nomination form, certificate, and editable 8.5x11” poster.

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EDH at Home
Take-Home Activity
Everyday Hero At Home Routine

Share this letter and routine with parents and guardians to encourage kindness and empathy practice at home.

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Classroom Poster
Everyday Heroes Classroom Poster

Use this classroom-sized poster with the Everyday Heroes routine. It’s sized at 15.5x20.75”, perfect for posting on a wall or bulletin board.

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Zoom Background
Zoom Background
Everyday Heroes Zoom Background

Use this background with the Everyday Heroes classroom routine as an added bonus for your weekly hero. Right-click on the image to save it, then upload to Zoom!

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Reading Passages
Reading Passages
Narratives of Hope

Students can read stories of real children impacted by poverty in the U.S. and around the world, and learn how organizations supported by Red Nose Day are helping.

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Classroom Planner
Program Overview
Teachable Moments Throughout the Year

Our flexible program is tied to key learning moments throughout the year. Use this overview to help you plan!

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2021 Red Nose Day in School Full Program

All of the Red Nose Day in School lesson plans, routines, and downloads, bundled into one.

Join the Joke-Ha-Thon!

Between April Fool’s Day and Red Nose Day on May 27, students will use the power of laughter to raise money to support children living in poverty — and raise some spirits, too!


Our videos help students understand the different issues children in poverty face, both in the United States and around the world. They also educate students about the types of programs Red Nose Day funds that help meet both the short and long-term needs of these children, ensuring that they're safe, healthy, educated, and empowered.

Please note, some of these videos may feature sensitive content for certain age groups. We encourage you to review them before you share with your students.

Watch a sample of the videos below, or check out 15+ videos on the Red Nose Day in School video playlist on YouTube.

RND in School Videos

  • Julia Roberts Takes a Trip with Children's Health Fund

    Julia Roberts shares how children in the U.S. impacted by the COVID are getting the healthcare they need

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    Last year we met our everyday hero Pam with Children's Health Fund. Now she is on the frontlines of COVID-19 to ensure children have access to essential medical care.

  • Milo in Kenya

    Milo Ventimiglia visits Africa to shows how poverty impacts childrens’ health

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    Travel with Milo Ventimiglia to see how your donations are already supporting an army of health workers across the globe, in places like Tanzania, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh - whose daily fight is to keep kids alive and healthy.

  • Susan Kelechi Watson on How You Can You Help Children Facing Hunger

    Susan Kelechi Watson on how children facing hunger in the U.S. are being helped

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    Today nearly 1 in 5 children in the US are not getting enough to eat, only exacerbated by the pandemic. But thanks to Red Nose Day partners like Feeding America your donations ensure children don’t go to bed hungry.

  • Ed Sheeran and Peaches

    Ed Sheeran meets Peaches, a young girl in Liberia

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    In this video, Ed meets Peaches, a young girl affected by the Ebola crisis.

  • Felix, a street child from Uganda

    Jack Black meets Felix, a street child, in Uganda

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    In 2015's Red Nose Day Special, Jack Black met a street kid from Uganda named Felix. One year later, your #RedNoseDay donations changed his life.

  • In Atlanta, L.E.A.D is using baseball as a form of empowerment.

    Rising Above Poverty in Atlanta

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    In Atlanta, 30% of children live in poverty, and only 4% will make it out. L.E.A.D, a program funded by Red Nose Day, uses the power of sport to empower young ambassadors and help them overcome crime, poverty, and racism.

  • Paul Rudd speaks to a young girl at a school.

    Paul Rudd and Julia Roberts explore child poverty in America

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    Follow along as Paul Rudd and Julia Roberts visit some schools in the United States, where children in need do not have access to healthy meals or good medical care.

Celebrate Diversity in Your School Community

Talking about racial identity and bias with children means acknowledging what children already know: people are different, and the world is not colorblind.

At Red Nose Day, we believe that part of building empathy is nurturing spaces that honor diversity and inclusion, and foster belonging. Conversations about race and identity can be difficult, but these resources can help build a safe, open, and accepting classroom and school community where students can explore their identities and learn to understand, respect, and celebrate their differences.

Lessons on Race

Different Colors of Beauty

These lessons help K-5 students develop their racial or ethnic identities in a safe and open class environment. Children will build understanding through art, poetry, family interviews, and class conversation starters to build community. Each lesson offers guidance for teachers.


Reprinted with permission of Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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    Fundraise for Red Nose Day

    Join schools across the country to raise laughs and life-saving cash through Joke-Ha-Thon.



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