Perspective taking, or the ability to take someone else’s point-of-view, is a skill I work on continually with my students. This is not only critical for social success, but academics as well. The ability to understand a person’s point-of-view affects the ability to make inferences and determine intentions, skills important to reading comprehension. Making this complex, abstract concept visible is a challenge but essential to effective therapy, so I am constantly trying to develop new methods and materials.
My latest package, Trading Places, addresses these skills with five activities geared to students in grades 1 through 4.
In the first activity, students pretend to be someone else (mother, cousin, teacher) and think like that person.
A questionnaire is provided for students to interview each other.
Activity #2 present students with social scenarios where they need to
make “smart guesses” about character intentions and motivation:
In activity #3 students match thoughts to characters:
“Guess How I Feel?” is presented in a game format and works especially well with the Zones of Regulation curriculum. Students try to guess how other students feel about a variety of familiar situations.
You can find this 42-page NO PREP packet at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.