Help kids identify feelings and emotions and how they determine someone's 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:
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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 Do You Feel? 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.
Time: 20 Minutes