I am Human Book Activity

Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds’s new book I am Human was just released I adore it! As always, they capture the essence of their topic in a way that is easily understandable for students through the text and illustrations. This book is all about what it means to be a human, mistakes, dreams and all. I think it’s perfect for small group counseling or a classroom lesson on seeing one another as humans and embracing our own humanity, not the ideal of perfection! Keep reading to find an easy to implement I am Human activity that your students will love!

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Looking for a great classroom community building or empathy activity for your classroom guidance lessons? You'll love this I am Human activity! This empathy classroom guidance lesson or empathy small group activity is sure to be a hit with your school counseling students! -Counselor Keri

I am Human Activity

The book describes what it means to be human: we have dreams, we are curious, we make mistakes, we feel sad, and we can make positive changes with our compassion and understanding. In this I am Human activity, students will share their own experiences and learn more about their peers, hopefully discovering the human connections.

In planning an I am Human lesson, I made a roll and respond activity that is in my free resource library. There are 12 response prompts for students based on statements from the book. After reading the book, give your students 2 dice. You can use your own standard numbered dice or use the printable dice included in the activity. If you’re using this activity with a whole class, break your students into small groups of 5-6 to make it more personable and intimate. Students will take turns rolling the dice, adding the numbers, and then responding to the statements and questions based on the numbers they roll.

Looking for a great classroom community building or empathy activity for your classroom guidance lessons? You'll love this I am Human activity! This empathy classroom guidance lesson or empathy small group activity is sure to be a hit with your school counseling students! -Counselor Keri

Encourage your students to be honest and give their peers a chance to accept them, even when they’re sharing about mistakes or hard things they’ve been through! After everyone has had a chance to sufficiently share (10-15 minutes), bring the whole group back together to debrief.

Debrief questions:

  • What did you learn about someone in your group today?
  • What did you realize about yourself during this activity?
  • What connections did you find between yourself and others?
  • How will this activity change the way you view or interact with your peers?

Looking for a great classroom community building or empathy activity for your classroom guidance lessons? You'll love this I am Human activity! This empathy classroom guidance lesson or empathy small group activity is sure to be a hit with your school counseling students! -Counselor Keri

After completing this activity, students will see they are more connected with others than they may have realized before and begin to grow in empathy as they learn about the experiences of others!

Do you have I am Human yet? How are you using it with your students? Leave your ideas in the comment section and grab the book on Amazon with this link:

Looking for a great classroom community building or empathy activity for your classroom guidance lessons? You'll love this I am Human activity! This empathy classroom guidance lesson or empathy small group activity is sure to be a hit with your school counseling students! -Counselor Keri

9 thoughts on “I am Human Book Activity

  1. This is great! Just purchased the book today at our book fair and can’t wait to use it with this resource!

  2. Hi,

    I don’t see the free resource that accompanies this in your google drive. Are you able to direct me to it?

  3. I purchased the book and just received the activity. I am so excited to use this. Which age group did you find it was the most successful?

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