6th grade students learn about empathy while reading “Wonder”

Students in Class 6-401 engaging in a discussion about the book, Wonder.

In E.L.A. class, most of the sixth grade is halfway through reading the book, Wonder, by RJ Palacio. Some classes have been working on creating hand puppets to send over to Bolivia and other countries for children who just went through surgery for their cleft palate through Operation Smile. These hand puppets are to help children with speech therapy as they are recovering in the hospital, and to continue when they return home. This activity will lead up to the question, “Is empathy an inherent part of human nature?” Now that students have analyzed the characters and their traits, they will be focusing on empathy.  Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing, in other words “putting your self in someone else’s shoes”. Therefore, by using what they already know about the characters, students will determine which characters have or have not shown empathy in specific situations. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Padilla, Mr. Summo, Mr. Goldin, or Ms. Grabher with any questions about your child’s learning.