This guide for teachers and parents helps children connect to their own feelings and develop empathy for others. The Teaching Guide uses the science of storytelling to design engaging stories as a tool for social and personal competencies. Given the growing need to teach young students respect and empathy, the video stories of Bunny Bear Adventures in Diversity Land provide a creative approach for teaching social and emotional awareness and laying the groundwork for positive and productive human interaction.
The stories can be read out loud to students and be accompanied by the Bunny Bear Adventures Coloring Book. Topics in the stories include: welcoming newcomers, understanding differences, dealing with bullying, awareness of language and valuing compassion and kindness.
Each story has 2 sets of discussion questions designed for different age groups:
#1 for Elementary;
#2 for Middle School.
The discussion questions at the end of each story can be used in both cases. The questions can be answered by individual students orally and/or in writing. Or, small groups can discuss them together and create team responses to the questions. Discussing these questions helps students:
- Broaden their world view;
- Develop emotional intelligence;
- Learn empathy;
- Appreciate differences;
- Be respectful.