Character Counts

Paying Attention to Others' Feelings

Paying attention to others’ feelings demonstrates compassion and caring.

Paying Attention to Others' Feelings
Grade Level: K-5


Character Skills
  • Caring
SEL Skills
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
Academic Skills
  • Curiosity and Passion


  • Be kind.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Express gratitude.
  • Forgive others.
  • Be considerate of others’ feelings.
Social Awareness

Assess and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others.

Relationship Skills

Interpersonal and social skills to guide appropriate behavior and create positive relationships and meaningful connections. 

Curiosity and Passion

Enthusiastic to understand more about themselves, others, and the world around them.


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Students will practice caring skills by recognizing the emotions of others and showing them compassion. 



  • Students work in a group or individually to label the Faces of Emotion Handout. Depending on skill levels students can write, trace, or use a drawing or emoticon to label.
  • Students complete the I Feel Handout 
      • Choose an emotion you feel.
      • Draw a picture of yourself when you feel that emotion. 
      • Write what emotion you are feeling and why.
      • Share your picture with a friend.

Discussion Prompts

  • What emotion do you feel today? (Teacher: I feel happy because I get to teach you today.
  • What is hard about knowing how other people feel?
  • Why do some people cry, and some people yell when they are angry?
  • How can you show you care for someone when they are feeling (insert emotion)?

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