Lesson

Helping Kids Understand the Connection Between Feelings and Moods

Help kids identify feelings and emotions and how they determine someone's mood.

Objectives

  • Identify words that can be used to express feelings and emotions.

Lesson Plan

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:

  1. Mood (along with recharge) is a key influencer of fit choices.
  2. Mood is your motivation. Mood is either "I will" (I will make a fit choice) or "I won't" (I won't make a fit choice).
  3. You can motivate an “I won’t” mood to an “I will” mood and make a fit choice.
  4. Your mood can change throughout the day.

Set The Stage

Hide your face behind your hands. Move your hands and show your students a big smile. Ask them, “What words can you use to say how you think I am feeling?” Try this with different facial expressions. Brainstorm words students already know to help them describe their own emotions (e.g., happy, sad, calm).

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Captivate

Facial Expressions Show Feelings

Ask students to mimic each face, then identify a feeling word to describe the face.

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.

Educate

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.
 

Activate

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 or emotion, like anger, guide them to use words that appropriately express the feeling or emotion that they are experiencing. Then, remind them that they can use positive self-talk to manage their feelings and emotions. Use the How Do You Feel? printable to record how they feel at different times during the day.

Close the Lesson

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.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Feelings Chart
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core concepts - Express feelings in a healthy way
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

Play the fitGame, Emotion Commotion.

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