Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

Empathy Book Club: Back-to-School

Read and discuss books about welcoming others and building new friendships, even when it's hard!

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Activity Objectives
  • Students will read books about making new friends by practicing skills such as open-mindedness, vulnerability, and empathy
  • Then, students will share their insights and personal experiences during a follow-up discussion

This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills.

The Empathy Book Club focuses on books which enhance students' empathy skills, such as compassion, perspective taking, and relating to others' emotions. This set of books focuses on making new friends and offers options for different grade levels. Use the following questions to guide students through a discussion around the recommended titles. You can do this either with your own class or with your Empatico partner class (e.g. during a live Empatico Exchange or virtually through a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet).

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