Lead a discussion about fostering students’ well-being, then use a Book Creator template to create personal “wellness” books!
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, and social awareness.
Engage students in a classroom discussion around the importance of practicing kindness to ourselves. This means that we treat ourselves with care and understanding, and approach our personal, social, and emotional well-being with a positive and patient attitude!
Practicing kindness to ourselves might include:
You might ask students:
Invite students to create their own “wellness” book with Book Creator! Students will use a template to add strategies and actions for practicing kindness to themselves. Throughout the school year, when students encounter difficult situations or emotions, they can use their book to remind themselves of healthy well-being practices, and support their classmates’ well-being too!
To create these books, follow the instructions below:
Once students create their books, publish them online! Share the links for your students’ books with your Empatico partner class, and facilitate a live virtual exchange to invite students to discuss how they practice (or want to practice!) kindness to themselves.
Encourage students to share their thoughts and ideas, stories about practicing different strategies, and learn from (and about) each other. How do students approach their well-being in similar ways? What are some different strategies that they can learn from each other?