Empathy: Grades 6-8

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Middle schoolers develop an understanding of what empathy is and learn what they can do to show compassion to others with the help of articles and activities in a four-page packet. Learners develop PSAs to post around the school, engage in role-plays, and journal about actions that show empathy and those that do not.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members brainstorm a list of age-appropriate TV shows they can view for the Acts of Kindness activity
  • Either watch the TV show in class or, if assigning the activity as homework, provide an alternative for pupils who do not have TV access 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to computers with internet
  • Art supplies needed include construction paper, colored pencils, markers, or computer graphics software
Pros
  • The role play activity permits tweens to practice empathic behaviors
  • Includes links to articles written for tweens
Cons
  • None