The District’s SEL Focus for the third 9 weeks is Social Awareness and Empathy and the BPE Life Skill for January has also been Empathy. Ms. Ashorn and Miss Edwards visited classrooms to reinforce these skills through the monthly counselor lesson. Students explored perspective taking through reading We’re All Wonders (K-2) and The Potato Chip Champ (3-5). Students practiced using the Mood Meter and putting themselves in each character’s shoes. We also discussed opportunities characters in the book could have used empathy.
After reading the book, students played a game allowing them to use their social detective/social awareness skills. They looked at pictures of young people expressing different emotions and tried to guess what they were feeling. We discussed how to read facial expressions and body language to decide how someone is feeling.