Perspective-Taking

GRADES K-2

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 perspective-taking with a partner

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.

In the mindful moment, students focus on their breath as they trace a sideways 8. You then present the class with a short scenario showing different perspectives then introduce students to the idea of perspective (or, in other words, different point’s of view). The Munchy and Jumpy story then tells the tale of when Munchy and Jumpy planned a surprise obstacle course for their friend, Toby the Turtle. In the double-day, they take Toby’s perspective and realize the game is great for rabbits but not for turtles. You then show the students various photographs of different places. Students look at each photo and answer discussion questions building the foundation that we each have our own perspectives. Students end by drawing in their 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.