Empathize: Imagine Losing an Ability

Use this colorful printable to help your students reflect on the loss of an ability, and how it would affect their everyday life. Perfect for use in a special education or integrated classroom, this worksheet can be used as a homework handout, an in-class activity, or as a prompt for a broader creative writing activity or group discussion.

This printable is provided courtesy of, an online resource for classroom materials for social-emotional learning, character education, gifted and talented learners, and special education. features an interactive comic strip creation tool and more than 500 printables in categories ranging from About You to Wishes and Hopes.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

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Teaching Strategies:

FutureFit Extension Activities

Get Real

(10-15 minutes, LEGO pieces, timers):
Working in pairs, give students 5-6 similarly shaped LEGO pieces but in different sizes. Ask them to time each other putting the pieces in order from largest to smallest. Then, ask them to do the same activity without looking (they can do it behind their backs, under a box lid or inside an empty desk). When they are finished, have them write a short answer essay on the challenges they faced during the activity.

Get Going

(10-15 minutes):
Lead the students through a role-playing experience to practice the correct way to help people with visual impairments using the “Sensitivity to Physical Impairments through Role Play” printable.

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