Invite students to create a “river of life” art project which highlights events that have shaped their identity, values, and strengths.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, self-awareness, and social awareness.
Introduce the “river of life” activity to students. You might describe it like this: “Imagine a river flowing through the land. What does it look like? In some places, the river is fast-moving, with lots of quick bends and waterfalls. In other places it slows down, trickling through rocks. Just like a river, our life is made up of different events, and we adapt and learn from each event as we continue moving forward. These events can be joyful, challenging, or anything in-between.”
Guide students through a discussion about experiences which have had a significant impact on them. You might ask:
Then, prompt students to use these guiding questions to draw a “river of life.” They should start by drawing a river, and then add symbols to illustrate key events in their life. For example:
Facilitate a live virtual exchange with your Empatico partner class, or use a tool like Flipgrid or Wakelet, and invite students to present their art projects to each other.
They might share stories about key events that they included in their river, and ask questions to learn more about their peers’ experiences. Encourage students to practice curiosity and cultural humility as they seek to understand others’ identity.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions: