Lesson Plan

Learning to Listen With My Heart

Gabi Garcia's "Listening With My Heart" provides students with an opportunity to reflect on ways to extend themselves compassion all year long. This engaging lesson supports students in understanding what kindness is, as well as how to be kind to themselves and others in their daily lives.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain what it means to listen with their heart.
  • Students will be able to explain the central message of a story.


(10 minutes)
Sending Kindness Reflection QuestionsStory Map
  • Gather the students together in a circle.
  • Write the following sentence starter on the whiteboard:
  • I can be kind by ________.
  • Model completing the sentence (e.g., I can be kind by listening to my friend.)
  • Have students think-pair-share their ideas with a partner.
  • Record their responses on the whiteboard.
  • Explain to the students that they will listen to and watch a music video. Explain that while they watch the video, you want them to think of some ways they see the characters (e.g., the singer and monsters) being kind to each other.
  • Use a projector or document camera to show students the Sesame Street: Try a Little Kindness on YouTube.
  • Allow students to share out the ways they saw the characters being kind to each other. Record their ideas on the whiteboard alongside the previous ideas.

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3 online games
1 song video
1 interactive story
5 printable worksheets
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second grade
Subject Reading & Writing