Teaching Empathy to Young Learners

Teaching young children to be aware of the emotions of others can be tricky but important to creating a caring classroom environment.  

When, I read The Potato Chip Champ, I knew that I wanted to use it to teach my students about empathy.  

First of all, I felt that it was important for my students to understand what empathy meant.  This video did a good job of portraying what empathy looks and feels like.  

(For a longer video with more examples, download it as a  podcast via iTunes.)

Next, I read the book to my class.  We paused along the way to see which pictures showed empathy; an understanding of how others feel.   Then, we discussed how we could show empathy.  We used this sentence frame to help our discussion.
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Students said that they could show empathy by asking, "Are you okay?" or saying "I'm sorry."  I think this book did an excellent job of showing how our actions and reactions have a lasting effect on the relationships we have with others.  I will use this in the coming weeks as I teach about the life and times of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders.  

I am delighted that Maria Dismondy has generously offered an autographed book for one of you. 

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To learn more about the book, watch the book trailer video.

Be sure to visit Maria's blog and/or Facebook page where she provides an upbeat view on many topics that you'll not want to miss.  

Happy Teaching and Learning!
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  1. THank you for being part of the tour Mrs. Parker!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! Our character trait at school is EMPATHY for this 9 weeks so I will be using your ideas in my class meetings :)
    The Techie Teacher

  3. Empathy is such an important concept for children to understand. Loved the video! Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Loved the video --thanks for sharing, once again.

  5. I absolutely love everything about this post! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to share these ideas in my classsroom and behavior support pages. Thanks again!


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