The Tom Heart (Grades K-5)

Source: Character.org

Students listen to a story read aloud, thinking and reflecting about instances in the story where someone was wronged, was unfairly treated, or was not treated respectfully. Each time they feel this way, the students make a “thumbs down” gesture. Each time the students make a “thumbs down” gesture, the teacher tears a little piece of the heart cut-out that is taped to the teacher’s shirt, symbolizing how the book character feels throughout the story. The teacher conducts a classroom discussion and reflection afterwards.

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