Identifying Emotions - 1


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Definition: Emotions are an individual's mood or feelings. You have feelings because of what you see, hear, remember or do.

Discussion Points

    1. What are the names of the emotions we can feel? Nominate students to show examples of each emotion.
    2. What do these emotions or feelings mean?
    3. 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.

      Scared- Feeling like your belly is sick and you want to get away from a person, place, or thing quickly.

Lesson Introduction: Read to students: The Color Monster A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas Available on Youtube here:

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 they felt each emotion from the story.

Activity 1: Circumstances

Read to students: The Feelings Book by Todd Parr. (Available on Youtube here:

Discuss with students:

  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?
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Activity 2: Situations

Read to students: In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Joe Witek. (Available on Youtube here:

Discuss with students:

  1. The story shared several emotions: happy, brave, mad, shy, calm, broken, sad, hopeful, afraid, silly.
  2. How is your heart feeling today? Why?
  3. How should you react when your heart is feeling mad? Happy? Calm? Sad?
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Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Read the story: Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis. (Available on Youtube here:

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.

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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.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating emotions. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Choose an emotion to create a script about.

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

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg
  • Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
  • Hilly Discovers Her Feelings by Meytal Raz-Nave


Go to only student curriculum

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 ice cream.

3. I amwhen my friend takes my toy.

4. I amwhen my mom is angry.

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?

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: 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 does Tori feel? Tori feels .

4. How does Anya feel? Anya feels .

5. How does Beth feel? Beth feels.

Student Activity Sheet D

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

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?