Lesson Plan

Expressing Our Feelings

In this lesson, students will identify and practice different ways emotions can be expressed through faces, gestures, and movements. They'll also learn how to practice mindful breathing to manage strong emotions and self-regulate.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to practice mindfulness of emotions and the squeeze-ball breathing technique to promote calmness.


(15 minutes)
Stress Ball Balloons
  • Join the class together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask them how they are feeling right now.
  • Take 2–3 responses.
  • Ask, "What are some other feelings that we may have?"
  • Write "feelings" on the board, and record student responses beneath it.
  • Ask, "Does everyone have feelings?"
  • Play the "Feelings" video and song.
  • Afterwards, ask what some other feelings were that came up in the video.
  • Write student responses of these feeling words on the board.