Step into My Shoes
Encouraging Empathy in Early Elementary School Children
Look and Listen

On the day that you were born, you began to learn about the world by looking at faces and listening to voices.

baby face

 Courtesy photo.

 

Activity: Faces With Feelings


Look at the slideshow below.


Can you tell how these people are feeling? 

  1. Look at the faces in each picture.
  2. Say the name of the emotion that you see aloud.
  3. Click on the next frame to check your answer.
  4. Repeat the correct answer.

 

 

Thinking Further:

 

People of different ages, different genders, and from different cultures, all have emotions.

 

For the most part, we express our emotions in the same way.

 

Name a time when you noticed that someone at school was feeling _____________.

 

How did you know? 

 

Role Playing:


Teacher: Present students with each scenario. After each verbal reply, have them make the face of the emotion that they have stated. Access script Role Playing Emotions.


Goals:


Identify emotions by reading the non-verbal cues of others


Interpret the meaning of facial expressions


Further Practice:


Digital Photo Collage:

Create a digital photo collage of each child expressing the seven emotions.


Equipment Needed:

Digital camera or tablet

Photo collage app or software

 

Reinforcement / Special Needs:

VolaFriends can assist students with autism in recognizing facial expressions.


Equipment Needed:

iPad with VolaFriends app

 


ELA-S&L.K.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
ELA-S&L.K.2. Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.
ELA-S&L.K.3. Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
ELA-S&L.K.4. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
ELA-S&L.K.5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
ELA-S&L.K.6. Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Grade 1
Comprehension and Collaboration
ELA-S&L.1.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
ELA-S&L.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-S&L.1.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
ELA-S&L.1.4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
ELA-S&L.1.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
Grade 2
Comprehension and Collaboration
ELA-S&L.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
ELA-S&L.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
ELA-S&L.2.3. Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
ELA-S&L.2.4. Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
ELA-S&L.2.5. Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
ELA-S&L.2.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.