My Feelings

Encourage self-awareness with a lesson that challenges scholars to identify feelings—happy, sad, mad, and scared. Using a feelings thermometer, similar to that of a bar graph, pupils discuss how they would feel in specific scenarios then color their reaction. Small groups work collaboratively to play a feelings card game.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Laminate game cards to ensure continued use with minimal wear and tear
  • Use the feelings thermometer when speaking with a pupil that has difficulty expressing their emotions
  • Create a feelings-themed focus wall that showcases several difference feelings, including the feelings thermometer
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires copies of worksheets and game cards
  • This lesson is first of three that take a close look at personal safety
  • The lesson may be conducted by a counselor or classroom teacher
  • Be prepared to take action if learners present signs of worrisome behavior
  • Supports positive expressions of emotions
  • Opens a comfortable dialogue for class members to discuss their feelings
  • Provides a smooth transition to the next lesson
  • None
Common Core