Lesson Plan

Express Yourself!

Encourage scholars to express themselves with help from an engaging song. Sung to the tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down," participants sing phrases that offer tips for dealing with emotions—sad, happy, worried, proud, mad, and loved. Pupils complete a worksheet in which they circle a picture that best depicts how one should appropriately express emotions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Brainstorm other emotions and ways to express them, then add new lyrics to the song
  • Begin to sing the song and encourage others around to join whenever you witness an induvial having difficulty expressing emotions 
  • Send a copy of the song home for family members to sing outside of school 
Classroom Considerations
  • The third and final lesson in a series offers one last activity to boost social awareness 
  • Two worksheets require copies 
  • A counselor or classroom teacher can conduct the lesson
Pros
  • Develops social and emotional learning concept, self-awareness
  • The lesson is brief and impactful 
Cons
  • The worksheet's stock photos may be too abstract
Common Core