Empathy and Friendship

Instill the importance of empathy with a instructional activity that tasks scholars to role-play a scenario in which they exhibit the desired behavior towards their peers. Small groups work collaboratively to create a skit in response to a specific situation. Skits are prepped, practiced, and performed in front of the class. An Exit Ticket makes a plan to show empathy that day. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Revisit the lesson several times throughout the school year to remind learners of the importance of empathy 
  • Keep your eyes out for class members exhibiting empathy, compliment and reward them with a small token 
  • Send a note home to parents and guardians detailing the lesson's objective, offer tips for them to help extend the learning experience outside of school 
Classroom Considerations
  • Scenarios should be written before conducting the lesson 
  • The lesson can be completed over three days or three working periods 
Pros
  • Encourages positive peer interaction while working in small groups
  • Boosts a character trait that is useful now and in the future 
Cons
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