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Empathy Scenarios Stand in My Shoes Lesson


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Empathy is one of the most important social-emotional learning skills, and the empathy scenarios in this lesson are the perfect tool for practice. Students engage in cooperative learning to practice identifying feelings in others and figuring out how to show they care. The lesson is interactive and engaging and allows for movement. These empathy activities can be used with or without a story book such as Stand in My Shoes by Bob Sorenson.

This resource also includes a Google Slides (TM) version for having students respond digitally to the prompts.

All scenarios included are related to school or classmates – and you get to select which ones are the best fit for your students. This makes it more likely for them to actually apply this tricky skill of empathy at school after the lesson!

Lesson includes:

  • Written plan with ASCA behaviors/mindsets and CASEL competencies
  • Slideshow for teaching and modeling what empathy is (great for if you don’t want to use a book with the lesson)
  • Discussion questions that partner with the book Stand in My Shoes, as well as an interactive visual aid for additional scaffolding
  • Materials for creating scenario folders that students will practice showing empathy with: 18 shoe photos, 9 lower level scenarios, and 13 upper level scenarios
  • Editable PPT slide to add your own scenario
  • 2 processing worksheet options

*I recommend having 5-10 file folders to use as part of this lesson. It’s more fun with them but totally doable without!*


✨Glowing Praise for This Resource✨


“Another great resource! This lesson is my starter lesson for my empathy unit! Such powerful messages. My students really took it all in. The digital activities are a bonus!” ~Stephanie F.

“This resource is great because you can do so much with it, either whole class instruction, individualized or small group, the text is easy to follow, and you can bend it towards your specific goals and needs, very happy that I got it. TX!” ~ Coai C.


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“This lesson really helped me teach empathy to my students and help them understand what it means to stand in someone else’s shoes. This seller’s resources are always the best and this one did not disappoint! I used it virtually and in person.”

“I adore this lesson for teaching the concept of empathy to my students. Pairing this activity with the book Stand in My Shoes is a lesson I’ve used multiple times with multiple grade levels and I enjoy it each time! I can tell it really helps the students understand what it’s like to look through the eyes of another”

“I used this with both in-person and online learners. The in-person students loved the opportunity to work in (spaced out) groups and be detectives. The online learners were able to type in and share their answers. Thank you!!”