Test a person’s ability to understand a mood by looking at black-and-white photos (referenced on pg 191). See the two links below:
Take the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test”
Body Language Test from Greater Good
Maurice J. Elias Suggestions for Classroom Vocabulary (referenced on pg 197)
A link to an article written by Elias where he gives specific suggestions for vocabulary for the classroom.
The Six Habits of Highly Empathetic People (referenced on pg 196)
The Empathy Libray, created by Roman Krznaric, is a social-network-created list of books that feature empathy. Krznaric is the author of Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live. In this video, he discusses the six habits of empathic people
The Greater Good provides a quiz which tests personal empathy.
Empathy Game: A Tool to Teach Kids to Be Considerate
This site explains how to use the simple card game (for ages 5 to10) to reinforce empathy. Print out the 16 free empathy situation cards and pass them out to students. Students take turns reading and answering how they would feel in each situation.
Start Empathy Activities
Start Empathy launched the Think It Up education campaign to support learning projects centered on empathy. The site offers fee school toolkits, videos, and classroom activities as well as links to other sites that offer empathy activities.
This site offers research links, resources, and educational empathy activities. Take a look at the Sociograms activity which can help identify children who may be having problems connecting with their peers.
Look Beyond Borders Experiment
This video depicts an experiment where refugees to Germany and Berliners sit opposite each other at a table and look into each other's eyes. Psychologist Arthur Aron found that after looking into someone’s eyes for just 4 minutes, even complete strangers can feel closer to each other.
Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness Classroom
The mission of Jeremiah’s Hope is to create kindness in schools and communities. This site offers classroom resources, videos, and activities that can promote kindness and empathy in the classroom. We particularly recommend the “Choose Kindness Everyday” program.
Empathy and Decision Making Simulation
Cool School provides a free simulator with real scenarios and opportunities to make choices to resolve classroom conflicts during the game.
The example of Khloe Thompson, an eight-year-old girl, shows that no one is too young to show empathy. Khloe decided to make a difference for homeless people in Southern California and has now started multiple projects to help others. See video
What Is Empathy?
During this Sesame Street video Mark Ruffalo and Murray the Monster talk about what the word empathy means in a child-friendly way.
Empathy Song for Kids
While watching this cute animation video about empathy, students can mirror the emotions they see as they sing along aided by the written out lyrics.
Empathy Can Change the World
Created from start to finish by eighth-grade students in Kalispell, Montana, this video challenges viewers to look for ways that empathy can change the world.
Roots of Empathy
The Roots of Empathy program teaches students how to be empathetic by having them observe a baby in their own classroom. A facilitator asks students to think about what the baby is experiencing and feeling, as the baby explores the classroom. An overview of the program can be seen in this video.
The Power of Collective Empathy TED Talk
This TED Talk by teacher Janice Toben discusses the how of empathy. It is perfect for educators to listen to and reflect about the “how struggle.” Toben explains the Open Session for high schools that want to build emotional strength. Here is a link to how she suggest you start an Open Session