HEART Humane Education: Understanding Our Feelings

HEART Teach Humane
Grade Levels
PreK - 1st, Homeschool
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HEART Teach Humane


It is imperative for children to develop their emotional vocabulary so that they know how to identify and express their feelings. When children are able to describe how they feel, it helps them to manage their feelings and life experiences.


Students share how they are feeling. Then, they sing a song to help expand their vocabulary for identifying feelings. While discussing real-world scenarios, students think about how they would feel in those situations. Then, they learn some strategies for managing their feelings in healthy ways. Finally, students make “feeling” pictures to illustrate an example of when they have felt a certain emotion.


Students will be able to…

 name at least four emotions.

 use their facial expressions and body language to demonstrate at least four emotions.

 identify at least three ways to manage their feelings in a healthy way.


This is the second lesson from our Kindness for All resource guide for educators like you. This seven-lesson curriculum is designed for three-to-five-year-olds and aims to inspire children to act with kindness toward all living beings and the natural world. By implementing this curriculum, you will be playing a vital role in young children’s lives, helping them to value kindness while you nurture it within them—which ultimately leads toward the creation of a more compassionate, equitable, and restored world for all.

The development of this guide was made possible through a collaboration between Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), Social Compassion, and

Volunteers of America Los Angeles.


HEART is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. As an award-winning full-service humane education provider in New York City, Chicago, and Indianapolis, HEART conducts student programs in-school and out-of-school, offers professional development programs for teachers both nationally and internationally, develops educational resources, and advocates for the implementation and expansion of humane education.


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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.


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