“Emotional Literacy Skills for Older Children” is an activity packet which gives children practice recognizing and identifying emotions in others. These are foundational skills which impact a student's ability to regulate his or her behavior, read social cues and interact appropriately with others. While these materials are particularly relevant for children on the autism spectrum they can be used with a wide range of learners in the classroom. Research suggests that incorporating social-emotional learning activities within the classroom benefits all children and can have a positive effect on academic skills, particularly reading comprehension.
These worksheets ask students to discriminate among, identify, and label emotions based upon picture cues and written scenarios. New vocabulary is introduced on most every page and scaffolding supports, such as word banks, are built in. An answer key is provided. Writing activities are included which allow children to expand on their learning to encourage generalization of these skills beyond the classroom. A list of emotion and feeling words is included as well as four pages of picture prompts which provides the student opportunities for open-ended and repeated practice. Extension activities using materials provided in the resource are suggested in the teacher’s guide.
“Emotional Literacy Skills for Older Children” is targeted to elementary children between grades 3 and 6; however, depending upon the particular student it may be appropriate for use with middle and high school students. For younger children “How Do They Feel? Teaching Young Children to Recognize Emotion in Others” also available in my store presents similar content using simpler vocabulary and more developmentally appropriate tasks.