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Making Character Count!. Counselor’s Presentation Grades 3-5. What is Empathy? Be concerned for the feelings of others. We all like to give pleasure and enjoyment to others. We all have different points of view. Building Empathy. “Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes”

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making character count

Making Character Count!

Counselor’s Presentation

Grades 3-5

building empathy
What is Empathy?

Be concerned for the feelings of others.

We all like to give pleasure and enjoyment to others.

We all have different points of view.

Building Empathy
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“Put Yourself inSomeone Else’s Shoes”

It is important to try to imagine how someone else feels.

Give examples

Building Empathy
different responses situation
Different Responses - Situation

Pam misses an easy word in the spelling bee. Pam feels crushed and humiliated. “I’m such a loser,” she thinks. “I’ll never compete in a spelling bee again.”

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Different Responses - Situation

Leora misses an easy word in the spelling bee. Leora is disappointed but not upset. “I can try again next year, “ she thinks. “And I’ll practice more next time.

react to scenarios
React to Scenarios!
  • Different people can react differently to the same event.
  • That’s why you can’t always assume that someone else feels exactly the way you would feel.
  • For each scenario, write two different ways that the character might feel and why.
scenario 1
Scenario #1

An older kid grabs Jason’s hat. How might Jason feel?

Jason’s feelings could vary depending on who the older kid is, whether the older kid is friendly or hostile, whether this is part of a pattern, or how easily Jason’s feelings are hurt.

scenario 2
Scenario #2

Lee invites Chris to a kung fu movie. How might Chris feel?

Chris’s feelings could vary depending on how Chris feels about kung fu movies, how Chris feels about Lee, and what other prospects Chris has that day.

empathy story
Empathy Story
  • When someone shows you empathy, you feel understood and supported. The other person knows and cares how you feel and what you are experiencing.
  • Draw a picture and write about a time someone showed empathy to you.
  • When you are finished, get together with a partner, Share your work with each other.
feeling words
Feeling Words

Write a word to tell how you think each person feels. What could you do or say to show empathy to each of them?

1. At recess, some kids make fun of Fred for being clumsy.

Fred feels


2. Amy knows Karen likes Michael because Karen wrote “Karen M.” on her new notebook.

Karen feels



3. Jack studied hard for his math test, but he only got a score of 78.

Jack feels


5. Jenny’s best friend is moving far away.

Jenny feels


4. Yolanda lost her purse. All her money was in it.

Yolanda feels


6. Calvin accidentally spilled grape juice on Alyssa’s white sweater.

Calvin feels


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closing discussion questions
Closing Discussion Questions

1. Have you ever lost a pet that you loved very much. How did you feel?

2. What would you say to someone whose pet had just been killed? What do you think would be the best way to show you understand?

3. Why is it important to think carefully before you say anything to a friend who is feeling very sad?