"My Emotional Thermometer" was created to help teachers teach younger children to learn to recognize their own escalation cycle, an important step in developing emotional regulation skills. The idea that one’s feelings can differ in intensity is an important concept for students to grasp in order to gain the skills necessary to manage their own behavior. Children who are able to recognize and label their emotions early in an escalation cycle are typically better able to regulate and self-manage their own behavior in the classroom. This product is ideal for implementing IEP goals which focus on emotional literacy and stress management skills or for delivering proactive instruction as part of a behavior support plan. It is also useful for children who require a bit more behavioral support within the general education classroom.
Four separate charts are included in this resource, designed to create two, double-sided visual support cards. Once assembled these cards can be used to teach basic emotional literacy skills or as a visual prompt for addressing student behavior. For ease of use and durability it is recommended that the charts be printed on cardstock with sides A and B glued back to back and laminated.
Initially "My Emotional Thermometer" can serve as a teaching tool, to introduce emotional literacy concepts such as recognizing, labeling, and discriminating among a range of feelings. Once these skills are taught, this tool can be used in many different ways. It can be used to implement a regular check in with the child to support self- monitoring skills, to help prompt the child to implement calming strategies when he or she is beginning to escalate or as a reference when providing feedback regarding a student’s behavior.
This product correlates nicely with others available in my store: including:
"Sometimes I Feel Green," a freebie which introduces the color scale in child friendly language.
"My Calm Tools Keychain," which introduces and supports the concept of calming strategies.
"Emotional Discrimination Charts: Visual Aids for Behavior
Regulation," which expands on the concept for older children.
My Calm Tools: Stress Management Strategies for Older Children and Teens." which presents age appropriate calming strategies.