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EMPATHY

Community Meeting

My Favorite Animal

Materials

  • Pictures of animals in camouflaged habitats (i.e., rainforest, coral reef, forest, cave, nests, etc.) - Click here to download

Greeting Objective

The learners will use their favorite animal’s sound to greet one another.

Directions

  • Students sit in a circle.
  • Pick one student to begin the greeting by telling everyone their favorite animal.
  • The class responds by greeting the student with the sound of their favorite animal.

USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:

Jessica: “My favorite animal is a cow.”
Class Response: “Good Morning Moooooo Jessica.”

  • Continue until each person in the circle has been greeted by their favorite animal sound.

What You See is What You Get . . . Or is it?

Engagement Objective

The learners will identify situations when people “camouflage” or hide their feelings and practice being empathetic to people that are hiding their feelings by "stepping back"

Directions

  • Show students a picture of a rainforest or a coral reef in which camouflaged animals are hidden.
  • Discussion may begin with, “What do you notice about this picture?” or “Are you sure that you’re noticing everything possible in this picture?”
  • Lead the discussion toward the wonder of camouflage and how nature uses it to protect animals.
  • Then lead the discussion toward people and how we may or may not be obvious with our emotions . . . that what we say or do may “camouflage” how we’re really feeling.
  • Share and discuss examples of times we may hide or “camouflage” our feelings.
  • Your pet may have passed away the night before, so you may act extra quiet in class or not play with your friends on the playground.
  • You are not invited to a classmate’s birthday party, so you may be mean to people on the playground or say things that hurt people’s feelings.
  • Explain to students that when people are “camouflaging” or hiding their feelings, we need to be empathetic to that person by stepping back and trying to understand what is really going on with that person. Ask the students, “How do we step back?”
  • Ask the person if something is bothering them.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Students may pair-share and practice stepping back, in order to help them understand how others are feeling. Partner #1 is the person with the “situation” happening to them. Partner #2 is the one who steps back and is a good listener. You may use the following situations:
  • Situation #1—You forgot your lunch today, so you are mean to your good friend when lining up.
  • Situation #2—You found out that your mom is very sick, so you have a negative attitude about school all day.
  • If time permits, switch partner roles, act out one situation using empathetic behaviors in front of the class.

Inform

End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

ASCA: Grade 3, PS:A1.5  Identify and express feelings.

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