Help kids identify and learn how feelings and emotions determine a mood.
This unit introduces mood. Students will learn that their feelings 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) to make a fit choice.
Four essential concepts form an understanding of mood:
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Facial Expressions Show FeelingsAsk students to mimic each face, then identify a feeling word to describe the face.
Name Different FeelingsUse the Feelings and Emotions Chart printable to chart words that describe feelings. Aim for at least three words for each facial expression. Your chart will be unique to the age and personality of your students!
Check in With Your FeelingsShow 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 that appropriately express the feeling or emotion that they are experiencing. Then, remind them that they have the power to shift their feelings. Use the How Do You Feel? printable to record how students feel at different times during the day.
Time: 20 Minutes