The Amazing Empathy Race

Teams follow clues through the school to accomplish various tasks that build empathy among themselves and for others.

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Teams of diverse middle school students will be given a rhyming clue leading to a place within the school. When they figure out the solution and go to that place they have to complete a task that explores/promotes/endorses  empathy among each other, other students, and other school personnel. Once they complete the task, they are given the next clue that leads to the next task. Each task is designed to give students experiences that help them empathize with other students of unique backgrounds as well as adults.  

A more detailed description of the tasks is located on this collaborative document. Any feedback and comments are welcomed!

Example clue                                     Pitch video                            Build-It Task


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Photo of Karen Milczynski
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I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! I cannot access the Example Clue, however. Is there any way this can be fixed??

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Dear Ms. Jones,
The scavenger hunt sounds like a great idea for the students to get to know the staff members that help make their school run smootly. Do you have example questions your students used once they found the person they interviewed? Thank you. I can be reached at kcastellanos@stalbansschool.org

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I thought of a way to keep students accountable. What if they had to take pictures with a digital camera or with their chromebook of the steps in each task and post them on a blogging site like KidBlog or in a Google Classroom site. Any suggestions?

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Hi Dea Jones  I can't get the links to work...can you email me a copy of the doc or anything else you used? teachhealthsaylors@gmail.com

Thank you!

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Hi! I LOVE this idea! I can't seem to get the links to the sample clue and the document to work...Help! Thanks!

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I would like to do the empathy race with my grade 5 class and am wondering if anyone has a copy of the clue cards, or an example of survey questions that they are wiling to share with me.
Thanks,
jill.burton@guelphccs.ca

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In the google doc - Just added the prototype of stamps (teams earn as they accomplish tasks). These were drafted by a few of our students ; )

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I've thought of some more ideas. What if one of the tasks was to go to another school in a different part of town and interview students there and get interviewed in return?

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Or we could have a group of students come to us!

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I would love for the kids to be from a more urban setting if possible, since we are considered a suburban school. Perhaps we could skype or google hangout and share our #knowmystory videos with each other.

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I like that! Maybe the elementary kids close by?

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Great idea! We have two close resources for that!

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What if all participants completed a comprehensive survey (likes, dislikes, cultural background, family dynamics, etc.). Each student would be given a sheet of someone from another team, The task would be to create a picture and a bio of that person (video? essay?) The two teams would then combine and share their information and learn about the person they thought they knew. The two teams would then be combined from that point on, maybe? This task could be done near the end.

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Another task might be to have the teams build something that requires all the students to participate. Maybe something with PVC pipe, but one student is blindfolded and one student doesn't have the use of an arm...what else?

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I want to do the amazing race!! Walk a day in my shoes.....:)!
What would be the tasks.. oh this endless awesomeness...

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Thanks, Marjorie! I haven't hashed out all the tasks yet. Some suggestions were using virtual glasses to explore a neighborhood very much unlike what they were used to . I thought of them doing an interview of an adult in the building they don't interact with much and processing what they learned from them about their hopes and dreams. One task might be to go for an entire day with a physical disability that they choose through a random drawing. Would you like to join our team?

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This idea is that teams of diverse students would be given clues leading to a place within the school. When they figure out the solution and go to that place they have to complete a task that explores/promotes/ empathy and interact with the "cluemaster" to get the clue to the next location. I would love to see students also have to go out into the community, but I'm not sure how to do that yet.