Teaching children to identify their emotions is a calm down strategy to reduce meltdowns. This Identifying Emotions Toolkit contains three tools to help children identify emotions (clip chart, individual scale, & weekly emotion tracker).
Hang the clip chart vertically in your room or cool down area. Choose a name marker of your choice (clothespin, etc.). Start the morning with an activity asking students how everyone is feeling. Place the child’s name marker on the appropriate feeling. If a child is feeling sad or angry, talk to the class about how you can help the student that day. Identify strategies to calm down when angry or talk about your feelings when sad for individual students. Great for use in a class cool down area.
Optional. You could use the individual scale with a student needing individual support. The student would keep track of their emotions in order to identify triggers and strategies to feel better. You would encourage the child to quantify their emotions before having a meltdown. The individual scale could also be used as a think sheet in a class cool down area.
My Week Data Tracker
Track student data with this chart to communicate with parents or to identify behavior data patterns over periods of time.
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