Teaching Empathy & Diversity Through Picture Books
Help me give my students some picture books to supplement my lessons on diversity, inclusion, and empathy. Picture books give them a way to see and hear examples of the character traits they are learning about.
The students at our school are wonderful, hardworking, and motivated to learn. We are a diverse PreK-5 school that integrates STEM into our curriculum to give students a hands-on and problem solving approach to learning.
It is one of 106 public elementary schools in the county and serves a diverse population of 421 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
Of those students, almost 75 percent receive free or reduced lunch, 29% of students are considered as limited English proficient, and 12% are identified for special education.
Our educators are passionate about growing the whole child and incorporating social/emotional learning character traits such as empathy, inclusion, and generosity into our lessons.
These books will supplement the diversity and empathy lessons that I teach. I find that picture books help all types of learners connect to the concepts that I teach in my comprehensive counseling program.
My students will connect to the diverse characters in these books and use them as a connection to the ways they can show empathy and kindness in their daily lives.
These books such as All are Welcome, and I am Human; A Book about Empathy will help our students see, understand, and feel that at a diverse school like ours, we all have rights, we are all equal, and we are all important.
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