We know that responding to a tragedy, violence, or any kind of scary news is especially hard for primary grade teachers. We wanted to provide you with activities that focus on identifying emotions in case you would like to gauge how your students may be feeling in the aftermath of a tragedy. Jamie Howard, a trauma specialist at the Child Mind Institute, helped us develop these activities.
We also know that kids often feel better when they are doing something to help and be heard. We have provided two letter-writing templates to help students with that, as well as some tips for reaching out to decision makers. Finally, we’ve included recommendations for books on empathy and feelings for teachers of grades K-3 and 4-6.