Help kids identify and learn how feelings and emotions determine a mood.
This unit introduces mood. Students will learn that their feelings and emotions put them in a mood and that their mood influences their choices. For example, feeling bored or grumpy can lead to an “I won’t” mood, while feeling cheerful or content can lead to an "I will" mood. An "I will" mood can make it easier to make a fit choice; however, an “I won’t” mood needs to be motivated (turned around) for someone to make a fit choice.
Four essential concepts form an understanding of mood:
Hide your face behind your hands. When you remove your hands, show your students a big smile. Ask them, “What word can you use to say how you think I am feeling?” Try this with different facial expressions. Brainstorm words they already know to use to describe emotions (e.g., happy, sad, calm).
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Facial Expressions Show Feelings
Ask students to name the feeling, then mimic each face during the slide show presentation.
Feeling words do not need to match the examples. The objective is to get kids talking about the many words that can be used to describe and express feelings and emotions.
Name Different Feelings
Use the Feelings and Emotions Chart to list words that describe feelings and emotions. Aim for at least three words for each facial expression. Your chart will be unique to the age and personalities of your students!
Make sure students are aware that feelings and emotions can change throughout the day.
Check for understanding: Can you name some feelings and emotions?
Check in With Your Feelings
Show your students how to check in with their feelings and emotions throughout the day. Give them this sentence to use to get them started: I feel _________________ right now.
When students have a strong feeling, like anger, guide them to use words to express the feeling or emotion in a healthy way. Use the How Are You Feeling? printable to record how students feel at different times during the day. Guide them to the understanding that feelings and emotions change throughout the day.
At the end of the lesson, share different scenarios and ask students to explain how each would make them feel. Let students come up with similar situations they’ve been through, asking them to focus on how they felt and, in some circumstances, how their feelings and emotions changed. This would be a great journaling exercise as well. There are so many ways to help kids check in with their feelings. Get ready to show them how these feelings affect their mood.
Time: 20 Minutes