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This activity was created for the early childhood level, but can also be used at the early elementary level with students who are just learning about emotions and working on self-regulation. Four basic emotions (happy, mad, sad, scared) are addressed in several activities (see below). There are also several choices for calming strategies that can be used to help students learn self-regulation. The "I feel ____, I need ____" visual support is a great precursor to strategies such as the Zones of Regulation and the Incredible 5 Point Scale. The students learn to identify their feeling (I feel) and choose an activity (I need) using pictures. I've used this with several young children ages 3-5 and they have responded very positively! I LOVE strategies that really work and are easy to use in the classroom setting. This resource is perfect for early childhood special education teachers, preschool teachers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, school counselors, social workers and parents. It is a very easy strategy for paraprofessionals to use in classrooms too.
24 4x5 cards with choices for calming strategies
20 4x5 cards with basic emotions (mad, sad, happy, scared
“I feel – I need” visual support
Small pictures of emotions and calming strategies to use with the “I feel – I need” visual
Social story about emotions and using the “I feel - I need” visual
Emotion matching activity
Emotion sorting activity