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Teach elementary students more about empathy versus sympathy with this song

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You may find this short song video helpful if any of the following conditions are true:

  • You are trying to teach your students more about sympathy and empathy.
  • You are trying to help them receive clarity about the difference between sympathy and empathy.
  • You want a simple way to help your students to always remember the vocabulary words: Sympathy and Empathy.
  • You want a fun way for your students to understand what it means to be sympathetic for someone as opposed to what it means to feel empathy for someone.

Directions

Directions: Play the video and have the students sing along.

  1. Large-print poster PDF download: Lyrics on a three-page poster - Sympathy versus Empathy song
  2. Student copy PDF download: Lyrics on one page - Sympathy versus Empathy song

Suggestion: Sing at least the first verse of the traditional song called “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” That way, the students can keep the tune firmly in mind as they apply the following alternate lyrics of the song called “Sympathy versus Empathy Song.”

  • Please note: This song is one of the activities included in the lesson plan called “Zeb and Deb anti-bullying K-2 lesson 5: Monkey Mick and Monkey Minn.”

Sympathy versus Empathy Song

© 2014 lyrics re-told by Debbie Dunn
Sing this song to the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.”

Verse 1 of 3:

If you feel sorry for someone,

it shows you care. CLAP-CLAP.

If you feel sorry for someone,

it shows you care. CLAP-CLAP.

When you feel sorry for someone,

this is called SYM-PATH-Y.

If you feel sorry for someone,

it shows you care. CLAP-CLAP-CLAP

Verse 2 of 3:

If a friend or loved one

feels sad and blue. CLAP-CLAP.

If a friend or loved one

feels sad and blue. CLAP-CLAP.

If this makes you feel sad

and blue for them and you,

That means you are feeling

EMPATHY. CLAP-CLAP-CLAP.

Verse 3 of 3:

When you try to walk a mile

in their shoes, CLAP-CLAP.

When you try to walk a mile

in their shoes, CLAP-CLAP.

It’s called EM-PATH-Y

when you try to understand

what they are facing

in their life. CLAP-CLAP-CLAP.

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Previous lessons

This is the Zeb and Deb anti-bullying K-2 lesson 4. For lessons 1-4, click the links below:

  • Lesson 1: Introducing program, song, and class rules
  1. Part A. Program introduction and class rules (coming soon)
  2. Part B. Anti-bullying K-2 sing along song called ‘Spies like Zeb and Deb’
  • Lesson 2: Rob and Tina lost their joy
  1. Part A. Zeb and Deb anti-bullying K-2 lesson 2- Rob and Tina lost their joy
  2. Part B. Main idea discussion questions (included in above link)
  • Lesson 3: Rob, Tina, and the Mouse Mother tale
  1. Part A. Zeb and Deb anti-bullying K-2 lesson 3: Rob, Tina, and the Mouse Mother tale
  2. Part B. Play four (4) games with printable facial expression cards
  • Lesson 4: More about tiny Tina and big Rob
  1. Part A. Zeb and Deb anti-bullying K-2 lesson 4: More about tiny Tina and big Rob
  2. Part B. Tattling versus telling skits set 1: Gum chewing and playground slide safety

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Benchmarks and Standards from the Department of Education for the State of Tennessee

Please note: This anti-bullying lesson ties in with the following grades K-2 guidance counseling and health benchmarks and standards for the state of Tennessee. It could also apply to the guidance counseling and health benchmarks and standards for other states as well; however, since the author is a Tennessee resident, she has only researched Tennessee guidelines.

Please also note: Only key words and phrases will be listed for the standards. For the full text, please see the full-text resource section below for the downloadable PDF guidelines.

SCHOOL COUNSELING & CAREER GUIDANCE: GRADES K-2 (adopted in 2005)

School Counseling Standard 3: “Relate School to Life Experiences”

  • Helpers in school & community:

* Standard 3: Level 1

* Standard 3: Level 3

School Counseling Standard 6: “Knowledge and skills to achieve Career goals”

  • “Conflict management skills with peers and adults:”

* 6.3

* Standard 6: Level 2

* Standard 6: Level 3

* Standard 6: Sample Task: Stoplight Exercise

School Counseling Standard 7: “Self Knowledge and Interpersonal Skills”

  • Feelings:

* 7.2

* Standard 7: Level 1

* Standard 7: Level 2

  • “Demonstrate a positive attitude toward self:”

* 7.1

* Standard 7: Level 2

  • Communication skills:

* 7.4

School Counseling Standard 9 “Acquire Personal Safety Skills”

  • Coping skills:

9.1

  • Helpers in school & community:

* 9.2

* Standard 9: Level 1

  • Bullying & Teasing:

* Standard 9: Level 3

* Standard 9: Sample Task

  • “Effective and appropriate ways to respond to ‘put-downs, compliments, and kind responses’.”

* Standard 9: Sample Task

  • “Alternative approaches to resolving conflict non-violently”

* Standard 9: Sample Task

  • Emotion:

* Standard 9: Level 3

TENNESSEE HEALTH EDUCATION STANDARDS PRE-K – 2

Section called: Emotional, Social, and Mental Health”.

Standard 8: The student will understand the importance of positive self-concept and interpersonal relationships for healthy living.”

  • Feelings & Expression:

* 8.1

* Standard 8: Level 1 (three listings)

* Standard 8: Level 2

* 2 Teacher Assessment Indicators example

  • Manage emotions & Feeling sad/sadness:

* Standard 8: Level 2 (two listings)

  • Characteristics of a bully:

* Standard 8: Level 1

  • “Actions to take when confronted by a bully”:

* Standard 8: Level 2

  • “Role play of a bullying situation”:

* Standard 8: Level 3

* Teacher Assessment Indicators example

  • Communication skills

* Standard 8: Level 1

* Standard 8: Level 2

Full-Text Resources:

School Counseling & Career Guidance: Grades K-2 for the state of Tennessee (Adopted in 2005)

Tennessee Health Education Standards pre-K-2

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Lesson 6: Tina, Rob, and Ellen Eagle’s Traffic Light Game (coming soon)

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