Empathy

This Empathy activity & project also includes:

Children are naturally friendly and communicative, but often have a hard time expressing their emotions in a clear and understandable way. Help them hone their communication skills with a set of activities based on creating empathy, active listening, and identifying feelings and responses.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ideal for community building in a club, small group, or extracurricular organization
  • Have pupils from a peer counseling class engage in the activities to train them to listen to their classmates during counseling sessions
  • Use in a special education class for learners who have difficulty with communication and expressing emotions
  • Send some of the activities home with class members to help parents counsel their children with behavior issues 
Classroom Considerations

  • Some terms and words are written with traditional Australian spelling
  • Activities may evoke strong feelings; be sure that a teacher or adult is present to mediate the activities when working on them for the first time
Pros

  • Proper implementation could lead to improved behavior and classroom community
  • Promotes active listening between peers, which is a lifelong skills that kids can use in any context
Cons

  • None
Common Core