One of the most important skills a child develops in his/her earliest years is the ability recognize emotions with distinct facial features. This is one of the first steps to social awareness, allowing them to read a companion's face and respond appropriately. For many children, this ability develops naturally, but others may struggle, particularly children with autism.
This flipbook provides young children and students with special needs a low-stress outlet to study emotions and facial expressions. Students can play at their own pace, flipping through the different portions of the face to gain a better understanding of how distinct features, like raised eyebrows or flushed cheeks, can change their reading of the face. They can create their own silly faces using a freestyle card or challenge themselves to match the face to a "I feel/I am" statement.
A teacher or peer can also use the flipbook to help "quiz" a student for low-stakes assessment. Students with anxiety can benefit from this method if they are given an opportunity ahead of time to explore the booklet.
This zip file contains two .pdf documents: one with the printable and one with assembly directions.
Within the printable, you'll find:
3. 12 Facial Expressions (divides into three mix-and-match pieces each)
4. 12 Beginner "I feel/I am" cards
5. 24 Intermediate and Advanced "I feel/I am" Expansion Cards
6. 3 Freestyle Expansion Cards
7. Emotions Thesaurus (2 pages, 82 words)
8. Answer Key (4 pages with images and explanations of how the different portions of the face move to reflect to different emotions.)