Create a classroom gallery that displays students' artwork of something (or someone!) they are grateful for.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skill: social awareness.
Engage students in a discussion about gratitude. You might explain: "Gratitude is when we notice something special, like a person who helped us, an item or place that brings us joy, or a goal that we achieved. We think about what makes this so special to us, and how it makes us feel. Then, we show our appreciation."
Prompt students to think about who (or what!) they are grateful for, such as:
Ask students to create artwork to express their gratitude (e.g., by taking a photo, recording a video, writing poetry, painting or drawing a picture, creating a collage, or something else!).
Facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico class, and invite students to an art gallery walk. Share the link for a digital gallery using a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet, or ask students to hold up their artwork during the video call.
Students might share more about their art, why they chose to highlight a particular subject or moment, and ask questions to learn more about each other's experiences and perspectives.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: