Submitted by Cara
I use this activity during morning meeting time in my Structured Teaching self-contained classroom (autism)
Using real-life photos or pictures of children expressing various emotions, I velcro them to a thick poster board (4-8 pics. depending on your student's levels and abilities)...this way I can move the pictures around or change them. Each of the kids take turns affixing their picture next to the emotion they're feeling at that time. My kids re-visit the emotions board during the day to change where their picture are located depending on how they are feeling. Laminate everything for durability!
Sing a Song of Feelings
Help your youngsters learn to identify and express their feelings with this song. Invite students to use their voices, as well as body language, to dramatize the suggested feeling in the song. Then repeat the song, substituting a different feeling each time. In no time at all, your little ones will be singing about feelings...whoa, whoa, whoa!
I Have Feelings
(sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques")
I have feelings; I have feelings.
Look at me, and you'll see.
Sometimes I feel [mad];
Really, really [mad].
Look at me, and you'll see.
Submitted by Hillary
Prepare small pieces of paper and write on each piece a statement:
Someone took what you were playing with and won't share it.
Someone won't let you play a game.
Someone broke something of yours.
Someone calls you names.
Someone hits you. ect...
Put the papers in a box labeled "Forgiveness Box".
Show the box and ask a child up one at a time to take a piece of paper out of it. Read the statement and ask questions such as:
Has this ever happened to you?
How would you feel? ect...
Explain that by forgiving someone this means that they shouldn't be angry at each other anymore and they should be friends.
Submitted by Peg
Title: Paper Plate Faces
Make several paper plate faces reflecting emotions. Paste two opposite faces back to back - ex. Paste plate with happy face on back of plate with sad face. Glue popsicle stick between the 2 plates. Have children hold mask and pantomime expression and tell what makes them feel that way. Now switch to other side of mask and do the same.
Guess My Feelings
Game can be played several ways. 1). Teacher calls out emotion and class pantomime it with facial expression. 2). Child pantomimes emotion and class must guess feeling. 3). Teacher gives examples of situations and children pantomime how they would feel. Ex.: teacher says "You are going to the amusement park". (children should smile and be excited). "You are home and can't find your Mom" (children should show concern and fear). "Oh look Mom was just in the bathroom" (children show relief; smile) "You are meeting lots of new grown ups" (children pantomime shyness).
Submitted by Brownwyn
Feelings guage....glue 4 (2 on top & 2 on bottom...I use happy,sad,angry,scared) faces of various emotions onto a card. Using a split pin, put a pointer arrow in the Centrex. Each day the children come to school..and at any time they like, they move the pointer to indicate how they feel. This is a good way to find out how the child is feeling ..especially if they are reluctant talkers. The other children also get to read these as they are displayed in the room and I find they go and ask a peer why they are sad etc. The teachers also have one.
I teach 5year olds in Perth Australia. Thank you for your cite