How are you feeling today?
This is a question that we often ask our students, expecting that they comprehend the depth of our inquiry. However, many of our kiddos don’t have the vocabulary, expressive skills, or social skills to process and answer this question appropriately.
This visual support system is intended to help students answer this question, equip with the vocabulary and understanding of the meaning behind it. So as not to overwhelm our beginners, I have included a select number of feelings to choose from that should cover a broad scope of emotions, with the option to draw your own face!
For optimum retention and use, please incorporate into your daily routine/therapy as a quick “warm-up.” Or, for fun global application, pair with a storybook about emotions and do a thematic unit.
Sentence strips: Cut out, laminate, and use velcro to create visual support which student can change out the feelings as needed. Use sentence strip prompts with sentence strips for student. Ask the question (i.e.: How do you feel today?) and let the student use his sentence strip to respond (i.e.: I feel _____.). Where “_____”s are, please fill in the student’s name or insert their picture. Where the dotted square is, place a “feelings” picture from the 8 selections. These sentence strips target expressive language and social skills goals.
Worksheet: Allow the student to draw on the blank face and complete the sentence, “Today I feel ______.” This worksheet targets expressive language and social skills goals.
4 sentence prompts
2 sentence strips for students
8 emotions visuals
2 (color and BW) coloring/sentence worksheets to draw your own facial emotions