Service Learning Day – 6th Grade

In Grade 6, we took some time to explore the difference between acting out of self-interest and acting in the interest of others. More specifically, we engaged in a simulation called the “Ice Cream” Game, where students were placed into communities of varying degrees of privilege (or none at all) and then acted out. Once the simulation finished, we unpacked why we behave in such self-interested ways. In the afternoon, we took some time to define the concept of empathy and then research examples of teen activists, who are driven by their sense of empathy. We ended the day trying to think about how we can begin taking action to be more empathetic on a daily basis, as well as on a larger community and world-wide scale.

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