Identifying Emotions - 1


Lesson Plan

Goal: Throughout the school day, the student will identify and tell another person of the emotion they are feeling in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

1. Label emotions in self and others.
2. State how his/her behavior affects self and others.
3. Self identify the emotion in a given scenario or situation.

Definitions of Key Terms: Emotions are a person’s mood or feelings. You have feelings because of what you see, hear, remember or do.

Discussion Points:

    1. As a lesson starter, read to students the following book, or use the link to listen to it via YouTube: The Color Monster A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas.
    2. Discuss with students:

      • Share with students that emotions are an individual's mood or feelings.
      • Using the emotions in the book review each emotion the Color Monster had. Ask students to share the facial expressions that an individual might have for each emotion.
      • Emphasize to students that all emotions are ok. What matters is how we express our emotions. Ask students to share a time when they may have felt one of the emotions from the story.
    3. What are the names of the emotions we can feel? Ask or choose students to show examples of each emotion.
    4. What do these emotions or feelings mean? How does a person look when they feel one of these emotions?
      • Happy- Feeling good about something that happened in your life. There is a smile on your face.

        Sad- Feeling bad about something that happened to you. There is a frown on your face.

        Angry- Feeling mad about something that happened to you. Your face may be red and/or your hands may be in fists.

        Scared- Feeling like your belly is sick and you want to get away from a person, place, or thing quickly. Your eyes and/or mouth might be open wide.

Activity 1: Circumstances

Read to students: The Feelings Book by Todd Parr. Discuss the following points with students after the story. Record answers from students on chart paper, SmartBoard or chalkboard. You may also have students work collaboratively in small groups to answer each question and then bring all groups back together to share/discuss.

Materials Needed:

Another option could be for each small group to answer a specific question from below and then regroup as a whole class to discuss/share.

  1. Emotions are the way we feel. In the story many emotions were shared. What were some of the emotions shared?
  2. What emotion am I feeling if I feel like:
    • standing on my head?
    • when I have a tummy ache?
    • yelling really loud?
  3. Which emotion do you feel the most often?
  4. Should you keep your feelings to yourself? How can you share what you are feeling with a friend, your parent, a teacher or other adult?

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Use the provided emotions below to fill in the blanks with the correct emotions.

happy sad angry scared

1. I amwhen I cry.

2. I amwhen I eat my favorite food.

3. I amwhen my friend takes my toy.

4. I feelmost of the time.

Activity 2: Situations

Read to students the following book or use YouTube to listen to it: In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Joe Witek.

Materials Needed:

Discuss with students:

  1. The story shared several emotions: happy, brave, mad, shy, calm, broken, sad, hopeful, afraid, silly. Share a time when you felt one of these.
    • You may have each emotion on a slip of paper and as you draw a slip/state the emotion and ask a student to share a time they felt that emotion.
  2. How is your heart feeling today? Why?
  3. How should you react when your heart is feeling mad? Happy? Calm? Sad?

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Select or circle the best choice for the questions below.

1. Do you smile when you are happy?

2. Does it feel like you might explode when you are angry?

3. Do you want to run away from something when you are afraid?

4. Should you hit people when you are angry?

5. Do you cry when you are sad?

6. Do you laugh when you are happy?

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Read the following story or listen to it via YouTube: Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis.

Materials Needed:

Discuss with students:

  1. How does your body feel when you feel silly?
  2. How does your body feel when you feel grumpy?
  3. How does your body feel when you feel angry?
  4. How does your body feel when you are joyful?
  5. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet C. Discuss when finished.

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Look at each comic/picture. Pick the best answer for each comic.

1. Are the two characters in this image happy?

2. Are the two characters in this image sad?

3. How do you think Tori feels? Tori feels .

4. How do you think Anya feels? Anya feels .

5. How do you think Beth feels? Beth feels.

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on Student Activity Sheet D.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet D - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

This is an example of an appropriate script on feelings:
Patrick: I am happy today!
Jack: Why are you happy?
Patrick: My mom is buying me ice cream tonight!
Jack: That sounds like a lot of fun!

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way to connect text with lesson content while incorporating reading and language practice. Below are suggested titles including, a YouTube link, Lexile and Grade Level information for books relating to the lesson.

Book Title Author Grade Level Lexile Level
Giraffes Can't Dance Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees Pre K-1 AD570L
Henry and Mudge Cynthia Rylant 1-3 460L
Today I Feel Silly Jamie Lee Curtis Pre K-2 AD250L

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: Draw a comic or picture to match the script you listened to.

Application Activity

Review and discuss example scripts from the lesson extension or preview example videos located under the movie library tab. In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to react to identify emotions appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to assist the groups in creating scripts.

Choose an emotion to create a script about.

Materials Needed:

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Script Extensions:

Click the following hyperlinks to have students choose their Characters, Background and Props prior to writing scripts. For examples of script writing accommodations, click Here.

Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:

  • create a script as a class
  • pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
  • create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.

Topic Checkout

Allow students to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss answers as a group when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout
  • Pencil for each student

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. Name 3 feelings.

2. Do you smile when you are angry?

3. Do you cry when you are sad?

4. Is it okay to tell people how you feel?