Lesson Plan

Creating an Emotions Journal

When emotions take over, drawing or writing in a journal can help to process them. In this lesson, students will identify different emotions and design a journal to use when they feel strong emotions.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to define the word "emotions" and create an emotions journal to use when they are feeling different emotions.


(10 minutes)
Mindfulness: Guide to Feelings Cards
  • Bring students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Project the Mindfulness: Guide to Feelings Cards worksheet on the board, covering the emotions words in each picture. (Note: You may wish to pick a few images to focus on ahead of time).
  • Ask students what each person in the picture may be feeling as they see each image.
  • Write "emotions" on the board, as well as all the emotions the class lists from the images.
  • Explain that emotions are different feelings that everyone experiences, but they do not last forever. Writing and drawing can help us process our feelings and allow emotions to come and go on their own.