How can looking at a situation from someone else’s point of view help us to be kinder?
Students will think about what it means to be kind by looking at a situation from someone else’s point of view and discover that how they see something may not be the way someone else sees it. They will hear the same story from two varying perspectives to understand how different it can be, depending on the point of view of the storyteller. Next, they will look at images to practice seeing a situation from the viewpoints of a child and an animal. They will discuss when they think the animal is feeling uncomfortable or being harmed, and how the child can behave differently to show kindness to the animal. Finally, they will think about how they can put what they learned into practice with animals in their own lives or toward wildlife in their community.
Students will be able to…
Consider a situation from someone else’s point of view.
Recognize how a person and an animal may experience the same situation differently.
Identify ways to change behaviors to demonstrate kindness.
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This lesson is from our new 2017-18 comprehensive resource guide Justice for All: Educating Youth for Social Responsibility. Comprehensive humane education addresses human rights, animal protection, environmental ethics, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected. Imagine a world where children learn to peacefully co-exist with one another; a world where children learn to respect and honor the environment; a world where children learn to protect the myriad species with whom we share this planet. Humane education encourages students to think about their responsibility to the earth and all of its inhabitants, and provides youth with the tools to make more informed and compassionate choices. By allowing students to learn crucial information and develop solutions for many of the modern issues facing our world, humane education promises to usher in a global community that is prepared to make the planet a more peaceful and sustainable place.
Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) and the Peace Learning Center have partnered to create this resource guide to help educate youth for social responsibility. HEART’s mission is to foster compassion and respect toward all living beings and the environment. As a full service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Portland Oregon, HEART conducts student programs (in-school, after-school and in summer camps), offers professional development workshops for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for humane education. The Peace Learning Center educates, inspires and empowers people to live peacefully. It has served more than 200,000 people since its inception in 1997. Growing worldwide, Peace Learning Center now has programs in eight USA cities and five countries.
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