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Range of Emotions
- Students will be able to use a variety of feeling words.
- Students will be able to articulate how emotions change.
- Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
- Guide students in a mindful listening session.
- Ask students 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 count how many times you ring a bell.
- Using a chime, vibratone, or bell, ring the bell ten times.
- Ask the students how many times you rang the bell.
- Explain to students that we will be talking about emotions and mindfulness of emotions today.
- Ask the class, "What are some emotions?"
- List all of the emotions they mention on chart paper or on the board.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Introduce page one of the Range of Emotions worksheet to the class (either projected on the board or enlarged on posterboard).
- Ask the class, "What do you notice? What do you wonder?"
- Using the worksheet or poster, explain each range or section.
- Ask students to look at the faces in each section and guess what feelings match each color.
- Hide each of the feelings words in each section so that they may guess.
- Ask students to describe a time when they felt they were in the green, blue, purple, and orange zones.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Choose one emotion from the worksheet (without telling the class which one you chose) and mimic the facial expression.
- Ask students which section they think it belongs in.
- Ask students to come up to the front of the room to pick one of the emotions. Have them make a facial expression that matches their chosen emotion, and have the class guess what emotion they may be experiencing and which color section it fits in (like charades).
- Continue with this exercise until students have a good grasp of the range of emotions.
- Explain to students that there is no "good" or "bad" section, and that everyone, students and teachers alike, experience a wide range of emotions.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Instruct students to go back to their seat and complete the second page of the Range of Emotions worksheet.
Enrichment: Have students create their own Range of Emotions poster for future classes.
Support: Provide one-on-one instruction for students who have difficulty differentiating between emotions and how they feel in their bodies.
- During the Independent Work time, observe how students are matching different emotions. Consider which emotions/sections students seem to be understanding and which they may be struggling with.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- After all students have completed the Range of Emotions worksheet, have them share their responses.
- Ask students if they have questions.
- Explain to them that all of us experience different emotions every day and that emotions are always changing.
- Remind students to review the poster each day to check in with where they are emotionally and that it is always okay to be feeling what they are feeling.
- Explain that, as a class, you will practice saying how you feel. For example, instead of saying "I am sick" or "I am frustrated," you will work on saying "I feel sick" or "I feel frustrated."