Do your students have trouble expressing their emotions? Then this resource is perfect for you. Build emotional literacy and expressive language skills using this resource!
Lots of Feelings Activity Book (16 pages)
Emotion Visuals (2 pages)
Encourage your students to share and express a variety of emotions using this activity book.
Lesson Plan Ideas
- Use a book like "Lots of Feelings" by Shelley Rotner to introduce a variety of emotions. (This book is full of interesting vocabulary words as well as captivating photographs of children experiencing those emotions.) Take time to examine the photographs and discuss the non-verbal features of each emotion. As you read the book and encounter new vocabulary words. Try these comprehension activities.
1. Have your students yell out the emotion word, then I had them copy the facial expression (using mirrors and with an adult model).
2. Then take time to examine the photographs and discuss the non-verbal features of each emotions.
3. Do a comprehension check. Make a statement like “I would feel shy meeting a new student.” “I would be angry if someone gave me ice-cream.” and have your students show non-verbal signals in response to the statement. For example, have your students stand up if it was true for them and stay seated if it was false, or thumbs up for true and thumbs down for false.
-Have your students create an emotions book of their own using the materials in this resource.
1. Teacher chooses an emotion.
2. Kids brainstorm times that they each felt that emotion. Add ideas to the group brainstorm page.
3. Teacher demonstrates creating a page by writing the sentence ("I feel calm when I am going to bed.") and drawing a corresponding picture. * Make sure your students include the corresponding non-verbal features for each emotion.
4. Continue adding pages to your emotions books.
5. Kids will draw an image of "lots of feelings" for the cover and add their name. (Include a table of contents if you would like.)
6. Publish and share their books with others.
*Some kids find it extremely uncomfortable to share times when they felt that emotion. Try having them share when “someone” might feel that emotion. Use the alternate pages at the end of the book for this.