This activity is used to help children learn how to self monitor, regulate, and manage their emotions. Teachers can assist student in identifying a range of different emotions, how their body looks and feels when they feel happy, irritated/frustrated, angry/mad,, the things that make them feel that way, and the coping strategies available to that student at any given time when they feel that way.
Traffic Light: This is a subtle way for the student to communicate how their feeling to the teacher while providing an opportunity for the teacher to check-in with the student. This can be created into a lanyard, laminated on to a desk top, or attached to an index card as a portable reminder.
Feelings Chart: Modify the feelings chart depending on the student’s feelings that they are learning to cope with: nervous, scared, happy, sad, down, depressed. Non-readers can draw pictures of their answers as opposed to bulleting their answers. For the (yellow) emotions I recommend using “Things That Bug Me” from TPT seller Lindsey Powers (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Things-That-Bug-Me-Spring-Writing-Prompt-1191808)
Created by: Courtney Sand 2014