Lesson Plan

My Many Colored Days

In this lesson, students will read the story *My Many Colored Days* by Dr. Seuss, and reflect on the many different feelings we may experience. They will use body maps to color in where they may feel different emotions in their body.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use a variety of feeling words.
  • Students will be able to articulate how they feel when they experience certain emotions.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Emotions Body Map
  • Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Guide students in a mindful breathing session.
  • Ask them to sit upright comfortably and come to stillness (as much as they can) with quiet bodies.
  • Ask students to close their eyes or look down at the floor and take a few deep breaths to feel their belly slowly rise and fall.
  • If their minds wander, ask them to gently bring their attention back to the feeling of their breath or belly.
  • Ask students what they noticed and how they feel.
  • Review the definition of mindfulness:
    • Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment with gentleness, kindness, and curiosity.
  • Ask students what they paid kind attention to during the practice session.
  • Explain to students that we will be talking about how we can bring kind attention to emotions and how emotions are always changing.
  • Explain that we will also be exploring where emotions are felt in the body.