My Body Sends a Signal, by Natalia McGuire youtu.be/bvFiryg2dms
“How Is She Feeling” game youtu.be/dOkyKyVFnSs
The Color Monster, by Anna Llenas youtu.be/W6wIEp-M4tg
The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand that there are lots of emotions and they help them understand and explore their world, and make connections with others. Being able to communicate our emotions is important to our well-being.
Identifying emotions in ourselves helps us deal with them in healthy ways. It also helps us to recognize the emotions in others and how to respond to them.
The 8 basic emotions are happiness, sadness, anger, anticipation, fear, loneliness, jealousy, and disgust.
Activity 1: (10 minutes) WHAT ARE EMOTIONS?
Introduce the lesson with the slideshow and student check-in questions. Review the Pyramid of Happiness anchor chart. Review the third level of the pyramid and perform that action (wrap arms around yourself in a hug). Make the connection of being able to identify emotions to the feeling of belonging and connections. Remind students about the actions associated with each level of the pyramid. Have a discussion:
Activity 2: (10 minutes) EMOTION MEMORY CARDS
Go through the presentation slides to focus on the 8 basic emotions.
Group students together in pairs and print enough memory cards for each partnership. Allow students to play Memory, searching for the matching emotions. Students must name the emotion on the card when they flip it over.
Activity 3: (15 minutes) WHAT IS THE FEELING?
Watch “How Is She Feeling” game on YouTube that uses Inside Out video clips to play a game guessing emotions. After each scene, pause the video to discuss the emotions that are being exhibited, and the clues that led them to this conclusion. Place a set of the emotions matching card game next to a large mirror. Invite the children to choose a card and try to mimic the emotion by watching themselves in the mirror.
Activity 4: (10 minutes) MY BODY SENDS A SIGNAL
Read, My Body Sends a Signal, by Natalia McGuire. Before you reveal each new emotion in the book, see if the children can guess what emotion she might be feeling based on the clues or signals that her body is giving her. Review how each emotion feels by using the description in the book or the slideshow. Have the children identify how they feel, and practice saying “I feel __(emotion)__.”
At the top of a large poster board or classroom bulletin board write, “Today I Feel…” Write each student’s name in a column on the left-hand side of the board. Draw a line between each name to separate the names. Make multiple copies of the Emotion Memory Cards and separate them into different containers so that each emotion has its own container. Tape a sample of each emotion card on the outside of the container for easy identification of the container’s contents. Have emotion check-ins throughout the week to determine what emotion the children are feeling at that time. Have the children choose a picture to match how they are feeling and tape it to the board next to their name. Note how the children feel differently from one another.
At the end of the day, group the emotion pictures into sets. Count the number of children who are “happy” and write that number next to the set of happy pictures. Repeat for all the other emotions and compare and contrast the sets of numbers.
Activity 5: (15 minutes) HOW DO THEY FEEL?
Give each child a set of the Emotion Memory Cards. Tell them you are going to show them a picture. Their job is to find a picture of an emotion that matches what is happening in the scenario. Show one of the Emotion Story picture cards. Have the children identify the emotion by finding the matching emotion from their picture cards.
Invite one child to tell you a story about the picture. Did any of the other children have a different story in their minds? Note that there may be multiple emotions for each story card. Discuss how even though we all feel the same emotions, we do not always feel them at the same time, or with the same intensity. Sometimes you are just a little angry, and sometimes you are VERY angry. Elaborate on all the different emotions that might be felt with each Emotion Story picture card.