Perspective-Taking

GRADES 3-5

Learning Goal

Students will learn the meaning and value of taking another’s perspective.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Identify what it means to take another person’s perspective
  • Practice taking another’s perspective

Learning Summary

Perspective-taking is the ability to understand another’s thoughts, feelings, and point of view. The skill of perspective-taking is a critical tool in building social awareness.

This lesson starts with a mindful moment in which students focus their attention on their breath as they trace a sideways 8. To introduce students to the concept of perspective-taking, you will start by showing students various optical illusion pictures in which it is clear there are multiple different perspectives at play. Students then listen to a couple of short stories and map out the various perspectives that characters may have experienced. The class discusses why it is important to view situations through various perspectives and end with reflecting in the journals.

CASEL Competencies

Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.