Resources for Teaching Empathy on Valentine’s Day

Classroom SEL Resources that Come Straight from the Heart

McGraw-Hill
Feb 5 · 4 min read

Valentine’s Day is a time for cupid, cards, and candy hearts, but in the classroom, it also presents ample opportunities for social and emotional learning (SEL). In particular, lessons on empathy support CASEL’s core competency of social awareness, while drawing timely connections to the love, friendship, and kindness that Valentine’s Day celebrates.

Below is a list of resources for teachers to incorporate into their lesson plans next week, ones that encourage empathy and Valentine’s Day fun. What are your classroom plans on February 14? Let us know in the comments below!

The Compliments Challenge

“Using whiteboard or sheet of paper, have the students sit one-by-one in the front of the room with their backs facing the board or paper. Then have the students one by one come up and write a compliment about one student. Once everyone has gone you can have the student turn around and read what their friends have written about them. The students do not see who writes what about them, taking away the awkwardness of being put on the spot. The students can see and learn just how unique and special they truly are and their friends see it as well.”

Free Resource: The Individual Heart

Buddy-Up! Program

“We started small, with the sixth graders being assigned a first grader for a two-week period. During that two weeks, the first twenty minutes of each day were spent sitting side by side and reviewing sight word flash cards; the older student held the cards and kept a record of how the younger student performed. The sixth graders were responsible for showing up on time with all of the materials — the cards, the record sheet, a pencil, etc. and the younger students were responsible for coming to school on time and reviewing their words at home, so they could improve their scores. I never would’ve believed that this one activity could have such a significant impact on my students!”

The Science of Love and Empathy

Printable Valentines


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