This month, our lessons focused on Social Awareness and, more specifically, Empathy. In kindergarten through second grade, we read We're All Wonders, a picture book written by R.J. Palacio and inspired by her bestseller (and now movie!) Wonder. Throughout the story, students identified opportunities for kindness used perspective taking to put themselves in the shoes of the main character.
In third through fifth grade, we read the book The Potato Chip Champ. This book emphasizes the impact our perspective has on how we treat others and appreciate the things we have. Students identified opportunities the characters could have practiced empathy, as well instances of empathy in action.
We reviewed the Mood Meter and used it to help identify a wide range of feelings. Students then played a game allowing them to use their social awareness skills. Students looked at pictures of young people expressing different emotions and tried to use their social detective skills to interpret how they were feeling. We discussed the three clues we have to figure out how someone is feeling: facial expressions, body language and the situation.