What is empathy?
Feelings
How would you feel if...
Reading others' feelings
Supportive comments
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What is the definition of empathy?
The ability to read and understand others' feelings and thoughts, and letting the person know you understand in a positive way.
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Name an event that could cause you to feel upset.
losing a pet, getting a bad grade, losing a race, forgeting your lunch, etc...
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someone said that your clothes were ugly.
embarrassed, upset, sad, ashamed, mad, angry
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How would the following person feel? A boy on your baseball team dropped a fly ball and the other team won the game.
embarrassed, sad, mad, angry, disappointed,
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What could you say to show empathy? Your friend received a cool video game for his/her birthday.
That's so cool! You're lucky. That's great! Congratulations! I'm so glad you got the game you were wanting. That's awesome!
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What is empathy?

We try to imagine what it is like being that person and experiencing things as they do, not as we do.

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Name an event that could make you feel excited.
Going on a cool vacation, winning a prize, having a sleepover, making a touchdown, etc...
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your favorite dog ran away from home and you couldn't find her.
sad, upset, depressed, frustrated, angry
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How would the following person feel? A boy is constantly getting teased on the bus for wearing his shoes on the wrong feet.

depressed, embarrassed, sad, angry, mad, furious,

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What could you say to show empathy? Your classmate forgot his/her homework at home and is very upset because they get a conduct mark.
I'm sorry that you forgot your work. I'd be upset to get a conduct mark too. I understand how you feel because you never forget your work. I know how hard you're trying to get an E in conduct and I'm sorry.
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Empathy is...

Trying to understand the other person's feelings and seeing things from the other person's perspective ("putting yourself in their shoes")

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Name an event that could cause you to feel scared.
scary movies, the dark, being lost, seeing a snake, etc...
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you won 2nd place in the spelling bee.
jealous, mad, frustrated, glad, happy, relieved
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How would the following person feel? Jennifer won the Rodeo Art competition and received a medal.
Excited, happy, proud, thankful, surprised,
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What could you say to show empathy? Your sister has a huge mess in her room that her friends left.
This stinks. I'll help you clean this up. I know how a messy room bothers you. Can I help you? I'd be upset too if my friends made a mess in my room and didn't clean it up.
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Empathy is not...

Making the conversation about yourself and assuming you know what they're going through 

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Name an event that could cause you to feel jealous.
Someone else being the line leader, getting 2nd place, losing a game, a baby brother that gets more attention, etc...
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you had a handicapped sister or brother that others made fun of.
angry, mad, upset, sad, embarrassed,
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How would the following person feel? A girl in your class was chosen to sing a solo in the school musical and she went blank in front of the entire audience.
embarrassed, shocked, nervous, shy, sad, upset, disappointed
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What could you say to show empathy? Your brother keeps getting farther and farther in his new video game.
Wow! You're really good at this. You rock! I'm so proud of you! You're the best!
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What does empathy look like?

Listening, helping, smiling, eye contact, head nodding, supportive comments

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Name an event that could cause you to feel embarrassed.
falling down, spilling your lunch on the floor, being made fun of, missing a catch, etc...
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you had waited all week for your dad to come have lunch with you and he never came.
Hurt, upset, sad, mad, angry, furious, jealous, disappointed
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How would the following person feel? A boy in your class never understands what the teacher is teaching and can't make good grades like the other students.
Jealous, embarrassed, upset, angry, frustrated, ashamed, sad,
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What could you say to show empathy? Your friend was nervous to read in front of the whole class and started stuttering. Everyone started to laugh.
Stop laughing! We'd all be nervous too. Take a deep breath! I know you can do it! I'd have a hard time reading in front of all these people too. I know it's hard to get in front of a big group.
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