Encouraging Empathy in Elementary Kids

The Thought: Younger students are better prepared to explore other people’s history and incorporate them into their wider sense of who belongs if they are first encouraged to examine their own place in their world, and then experience the threads of Asian and Pacific American history.

Description: The activities in this section encourage students to think critically about cultural plurality in the United States using kinetic play, group discussion, critical thinking, historical facts and reading comprehension.

We have selected readings that portray characters positively and for historical accuracy. While many of these activities are stand alone, often suggested for specific grades, we encourage you to consider ways to scale any of these activities within your classroom.

Teachers: As you explore and implement these lessons in your classroom, please contact the museum at any point for assistance, clarification or further suggestions. The links below will navigate you through this section, or you may use the sidebar menu.

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