Identifying Emotions - 3

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Lesson Plan

Goal: Throughout the school day, the student will use learned strategies to manage his/her emotions in 8 out 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

1. Identity emotions in self and others.
2. State how his/her emotions affect self and others.
3. Use learned strategies to manage and express emotions in positive ways.

Definitions of Key Terms: Emotions or feelings are a person’s reactions to certain situations or the environment.

Discussion Points:

  • There are many types of emotions.
  • Many people can feel more than one emotion at a time.
  • How a person handles their emotions influences their behavior and actions.
  • All emotions are ok. The important part is how we express our emotions.

Discuss with students what emotions are. Review the discussion points.

Possible activities to review the discussion points or use your own:

Think. Pair. Share: The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain to students that the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the procedure to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking a specific question using the discussion topics.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with a teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or scrap paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads a whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (give them 2-5 minutes to complete).
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Other students must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue the process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Emotions Charades

Prior to beginning the activity, create the emotion slips on pieces of paper, sticky notes, or index cards.

Materials Needed:
  • Two sets of emotion slips (one emotion per slip/index card)

Divide the group into two teams. Allow one student to pick an emotion slip. That student should act out the emotion while the other team attempts to guess the emotion. Discuss how you can respond to that emotion. Continue with teams taking turns.

Emotions to use (or create your own list):









Activity 2: Personal Experience

Review the key points from Activity 1 with the students. Share a personal story of your own with students that describes an emotion you felt and how you responded to it. Be sure to describe how others near or with you reacted as well.

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

Discuss with students strategies that they can use to help them respond positively to their emotions.

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. When all students have finished, ask for volunteers to share their story.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Pick an emotion. Write two paragraphs about a time when you felt that emotion. Be sure to include how you reacted to that emotion and how others around you reacted.

Activity 3: I feel...

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with students. Ask students to share an emotion that they feel they manage well and how they manage it. Make a list on chart paper or the board.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Ask students to think of an emotion they may not manage well. Ask if they could use any of the strategies on the list the next time that emotion surfaces.

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Ask for volunteers to share after all students have finished.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Complete the questions.

The emotion I feel most often is .

I feel this emotion when

I use these strategies to help me respond to this emotion:

Application Activity

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the script prompt:

Materials Needed:

The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Identifying emotion(s).
  • Words or body language expressing that emotion.
  • A discussion of what caused the emotion and use of appropriate strategies to manage the emotion.

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.

Methods for completing this activity include (choose one or a few, depending on your students’ levels and abilities):

Script Writing Practice: Teacher-led discussion of script creation. As a group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate version of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts that demonstrate the script prompt. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

Independent Script Recording: Pair students together to complete two scripts using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct each student to take turns being character one and character two.

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

Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

Topic Checkout

Review the key points discussed in previous activities with students. Allow students time to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss their answers when all students have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout- 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Using complete sentences, describe how understanding emotions help you when interacting with your teacher.