Lesson Plan

Exploring Emotions

Emotions are natural and temporary, just like passing clouds, rain, or the shining sun. In this lesson, students learn how to be mindful of their emotions and discuss how emotions change, just like the weather.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to practice mindfulness of emotions techniques and discuss how emotions change.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle.
  • Ask students, "What is the weather today?"
  • Take 3–4 student responses.
  • Ask, "Is weather a natural thing?"
  • Say, "Yes, it is, just like emotions are natural."
  • Ask, "What are emotions? Can you name any?"
  • Write their responses on the board.
  • Ask, "If 'happy' was the weather, what would it be?"
  • Draw a picture of the sun next to the word "happy" on the board.
  • Ask, "If 'anger' was the weather, what would it be?"
  • Draw a picture of a thundercloud next to the word "anger" on the board.
  • Explain that all of these different emotions we may feel in our "inner weather" are totally normal, just like changing clouds, passing rain, or shining sun.