“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” —Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee.
Empathy is important to educating our youth, and Learning Lab offers lessons that support educators in helping students understand perspectives other than their own. Check out this month's selection of three lessons and envision how to incorporate them into this school year’s plans:
- Grades K–6: Introduction to Sustainability for Elementary Students, created by EcoRise and RIS. This lesson includes an interactive game that illustrates how innocent actions can turn into unsustainable practices that impact both people and the Earth we call home. Access the Spanish version.
- Grades 5–6:Hunger and Harvest, created by EcoRise and RIS. In this lesson, students experience firsthand what it is like to feel hungry while seeing that other people have greater access to food. Access the Spanish version.
- Grades 9–12: Practicing Empathy, created by the Global Oneness Project. In this lesson, students watch a short film about a unique high school physics teacher and his perspective on life, and discuss the meaning of empathy and what role it plays in their lives. Access the Spanish version.