Second Step Newsletter

November/December 2020

Empathy - A Core Second Step Skill

Empathy is feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling. It's walking in someone else's shoes and seeing another person's perspective. It's looking for clues on a person's face, body, and situation to understand how a person feels. Having empathy helps you be respectful and act in a thoughtful way toward others. Empathy is the first step in having positive relationships because it helps us understand and relate to others.

Your Second Step student is learning that, even if they are in the same situation, people can have different feelings, different perspectives, and multiple or complex feelings about what is happening. By using empathy to understand these differences, students will strengthen friendships, cooperate better, and get along better with others.

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The Feelings Song - K & 1st Grade Second Step Song

The Feelings song- second step 1st grade

The Empathy Song - 2nd & 3rd Grade Second Step Song

The Empathy Song

Walk, Walk, Walk - 4th & 5th Grade Second Step Song

GRADE 4 SSP Lesson 9 Walk, Walk, Walk Empathy Vid

An Empathy Demonstration

Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy

Compassion - Empathy In Action!

When you do or say something that shows you care about how another person feels, you are showing compassion. Compassion is empathy in action! Compassion can be sending a card to a friend who is sick, donating food to a food bank, or helping a family member pick up the things they dropped. It can sound like "I'm sorry that happened to you" or "I'm thinking of you. Can I do anything to help?" Showing compassion has many positive benefits such as:

  1. Improved social connection among adults and children.
  2. Improved self-esteem, empathy, and well-being.
  3. Increased happiness
  4. Improved cooperation and better learning in the classroom
  5. Uplifts everyone around us
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Captain Compassion and Kid Kinder

While this Second Step resource focuses on how to practice compassion to prevent bullying, it's full of fun activities such as comics, games, and posters.

A Special Empathy Lesson

Miss Yoder, 3rd and 5th grade Second Step instructor, brings us a creative, fun lesson on empathy and compassion!
Andrea Empathy Lesson
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