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Encouraging Empathy in Early Elementary School Children

While cognitive development shapes the intellect, social and emotional development cultivates the heart, and has a direct impact on a student’s academic performance. Empathy involves thoughts, feelings, and human interaction. Students must cultivate empathy in order to effectively learn, work well with others, and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Audience: Primary Grades K-2



Purpose: In order to learn about empathy, students need to develop emotional awareness and engage in the application of the five steps of empathy: recognizing emotions (looking and listening), remembering experiences of emotion, imagining how someone else feels, asking and listening (saying), and showing care (doing). The purpose of this page is to inform, to challenge perceptions, and to provide resources for students, parents, and teachers.


Overview: Through this series of activities, students of grades K-2 will develop an understanding of human emotions and the skills of empathy. Slide shows, story boards, role play, and discussion, promote self-awareness, and encourage students to apply their knowledge and understanding to different scenarios. Additional resources provided augments the impact of this learning experience.


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Empathy Wordle

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Other: Citizenship
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