Social Awareness

Grade Level: 
PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Keywords: 
SELguide
Social issues
Definitions and activities to learn about and engage with the SEL core competency Social Awareness through community and generosity.

SEL Definition of Social Awareness

According to CASEL
(Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)

"The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports."

According to Learning to Give - SEL in the context of teaching generosity:

"The ability to ask yourself what the needs of the community are and learning how to reflect on how the community is handling current issues either regionally or globally."


Activities to Build Social Awareness through Community and Generosity:

Map Your Heartbreak Activity 

Map Your Heartbreak Activity helps participants discover their giving passion. The first step to meaningful philanthropy is identifying issues that really matter to us. In this activity, participants follow their hearts...or rather their heartbreaks to discover what they are passionate about. Watch this video for an activity tutorial made by LTG Ambassador Trainer Anthony and his daughter Laine. 

SEL Connection via Map Your Heartbreak Activity

Service-Learning Project Idea

Inequities in Education A Simple Safe Service project from home: Research different ways people have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic or another global issue. Use writing to communicate an idea to make one inequity a little more fair.

Inequities in Education - SEL Connections with Learning to Give

Additional Social Emotional Learning in Community Resources