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We've All Been There
What does empathy look like? Encourage your pupils to put themselves in another person's shoes with several writing and discussion activities that relate to a featured short film. Over the course of the lesson, individuals collaborate with others, discuss the theme, write short stories, and view and respond to the film.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Developing Empathy and Building Friendships
This bullying prevention activity addresses the meaning of empathy, feelings of being excluded, and friendship-building skills. While it is designated for 8th grade, some of the materials seem appropriate for 6th or 7th grade. The activity includes a brainstorming activity, an inclusion/exclusion exercise, small group and whole class discussion.
6th - 8th Health 24 Views 146 Downloads
Disability Awareness Activity Packet
When you have an inclusive classroom it is important to help your general education students understand their peers with disabilities. This packet provides information and activities to assist elementary-aged children in building a better grasp of what life is like for children with disabilities.
Pre-K - Higher Ed Special Education 162 Views 101 Downloads
"Indian Camp": Empathy, Ethics, Ethnicity
Class members have an opportunity to develop empathy as they assume the identity of one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Indian Camp." They write about one event in the story from the point of view and in the voice of their character, craft an extension to the story in Hemingway's voice, and research the writer's life to find parallels between Hemingway's life and the events in the story.
9th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Engage your pupils in short story and short film. Using a still from the film as inspiration, pairs compose short stories, which they later share and compare with other members of the class. They then watch the film and respond to a series of questions about the film in small groups.
9th - 12th Language Arts 13 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Working Together to Prevent Bullying: We All Want to Feel Included
Help learners understand the impact of bullying and express empathy. Pupils re-arrange jumbled poems about bullying in small groups and discuss these poems with the class. Hold a discussion about empathy and friendship to encourage students to be accepting of everyone at school.
7th Health 6 Views 41 Downloads
Students practice problem solving skills by asking questions and participating in a design challenge. For this asking questions lesson, students work in pairs to ask questions to design a solution for a difficult personal problem. Students use empathy to design a challenge activity where they research a problem in a specific country.
11th - Higher Ed Language Arts 15 Views 45 Downloads
Listening to Other Voices
Learners develop empathy through writing. In this writing skills lesson, students read the listed poems and then respond to analysis questions about them. Learners write poetry responses of the characters in the poems they read. The poetry should incorporate figurative language and voice.
10th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 57 Downloads
Valuing Different Views: Taking a Stand on Media Violence
Students recognize the value of multiple perspectives and differences of opinion. They build empathy and open-mindedness for other points of view. They study the complexity of social and cultural issues such as violence in media.
6th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 18 Downloads
What's Missing? Making Room for Multiple Perspectives
Students identify missing characters from a text, particularly a school text. They increase critical thinking by supplying missing perspectives in a text an build empathy through surveying different points of view. They reflect on the plot and setting of the story and determine people who could have been at that setting and in this plot but are not mentioned in the stor as we have it.
5th - 8th Language Arts 6 Views 31 Downloads
New Review Create a Safe Antibullying Environment in the Classroom
Helping children understand their own feelings and reactions is the first step toward building empathy and combating bullying behaviors. Using cards with characters and relevant questions on them, conduct a group discussion about feelings. Learners draw what they think certain feelings look like.
Pre-K - 2nd Social Studies & History 9 Views 5 Downloads
Tia and Marco
The documentary film, Tia and Marco, is used to stimulate a conversation about illegal immigration, stereotyping, and prejudice. The point of view of the film and the exercises is that empathy is the key to combating discrimination.
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 9 Views 22 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Helen Keller Language Arts Lesson Plan
The story of Helen Keller is compelling because it shows readers that a person can overcome almost any obstacle. A picture book describing Helen's life is used to address several language standards, such as using key details, identifying main idea, and using illustrations to describe setting events.
1st Language Arts 18 Views 8 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Anti-Bullying
Whether you are teaching kindergarten or middle school, bullying has likely made an appearance in your classroom and/or school. Find lesson plans for your specific age level in this anti-bullying curriculum packet, complete with printable handouts, "what-if" scenarios, and practical strategies for kids.
K - 8th Social Studies & History 41 Views 16 Downloads
December: We All Want to Feel Included
Second graders discuss bullying, empathy and making friends. In this social skills instructional activity, 2nd graders read a story and have a class discussion on what it means to be empathetic, how to be a good friend and how strong friendships and empathy can help prevent bullying.
2nd Language Arts 3 Views 29 Downloads
Students complete activities to develop empathy. In this empathy lesson plan, students complete discussion activities and all the related worksheets in order to build their understanding of the concepts to empathy. Students identify a public figure who has shown empathy.
4th - 6th Health 27 Views 129 Downloads
The Power of Empathy
Students investigate the emotion and social practice of empathy. They role play being in various situations in order to understand the feelings of others. Students pick an adult to interview who has overcome great difficulty.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 13 Views 79 Downloads