Looking for a fun way to teach some of the themes from the movie, Inside Out? This activity will teach young children about feelings and their connection to memories. Children will learn about core memories, the 5 basic emotions (that are introduced in the movie), while reading a fun story; An Elephant Never Forgets (even if it wants to!) about Emotion (Emo for short), the Elephant. Emo talks about how great elephants are at remembering things, especially the important moments in one’s life (core memories). Emo discusses 5 different types of core memories (joyful, sad, angry, disgusting, and fearful). He helps kids recognize that even “unpleasant” memories are important and have a purpose.
Word of Caution: Children’s memories can bring up very uncomfortable feelings or issues that would be better addressed in a small group or individual setting. Keep this in mind before deciding whether you will use the worksheets or discussion questions during a classroom guidance setting. You may need to set boundaries ahead of time when it comes to discussion certain issues in the class.
***This book does not have to be used in conjunction with the movie Inside Out! It can absolutely be used without the movie.
*An Elephant Never Forgets (even if it wants to!): a 8-page short story with discussion questions. Includes a Colored version and a B/W version so that students can color their own elephant in the story
*6 Core Memories worksheets (one for each of the 5 emotions): children get a chance to share some of their core memories by completing a graphic organizer