Perspective-Taking and Empathy (Transdiscplinary and Differentiated)

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Perspective taking, an essential component to developing empathy. The lesson plans in this document integrate art, language arts, science, and math in a way that helps children identify and recognize how one thing can be seen from different perspectives. Some of these ideas are great to share with parents as activities they can do at home (e.g. share in a monthly newsletter or at a parent-teacher conference to integrate parents into the learning process).

(Note: As a classroom teacher, you do NOT need to purchase multiple licenses to distribute to your parents. I only ask that each teacher make the purchase once.)

Inspire children to ask questions like:

What happens to perspective when I shift my focus from patterns to details?
How do my mind and body work together to explore?
What is realistic art?

This document includes 3 introduction and 6 lessons, and a variety of deep-thinking questions to initiate meaningful reflection, not just about the activity but about being a learner., differentiated for developmental levels. The first lesson is extends from a lesson found in the Lesson Plan: Do You See What I See, but there are more details and ways to extend learning.

Objectives: The child will be able to...

- Explore patterns down to details
- Use mind and body to explore objects in mindful ways
- Ask questions about both functionality and beauty
- Observe, interact, identify, and describe characteristics of objects
- Begin to connect interests with learning (in a variety of subject areas)
- Understand how nature can be viewed and valued
- Analyze personal behaviors and perspective of things in nature
- Explore and use creativity
- Learn about different types of art (in this case realistic art)

For more information, check out www.permiekids.com. In particular, you might find podcast 145 and podcast 14 of interest.
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