Monday, September 21, 2015

Identifying and Expressing Feelings

Awesome site on identifying and expressing feelings, I have shared a few here, in the blog, but there are many on the site, please check out the link, its got great resources, videos, explanations, and downloadable worksheets. Super opportunities when trying to teach kids how to recognize their feelings and be able to pair situations to that emotion. Great job 'Elementary School Counseling'!!

This is a fun game to practice the 4 main feelings: Happy, Sad, Mad, and Scared/Surprised. Describe a situation and students (in small groups) need to toss a ball in the appropriate feeling bucket. For example, "Mrs. Rex came to school and forgot her homework." Students could toss their ball in the sad bucket, while others may choose mad or scared. This provides great class discussions on feelings.

In this video, Elmo and Seth Rogen talk about the word "embarrassed" and how that feeling can affect us. It's a short, easy way to introduce a complicated emotion to young children. 

Mark Ruffalo and Murray talk about the word "Empathy".

Feelings Blob:

Students receive a paper with paint splotches all over it. There is a downloadable version available on the site.Then, they have to create feelings faces on the blobs, making what they feel are the best matches; there are no right or wrong answers. Students simply need to be able to explain their choices. This is a good activity for all settings (individual, small group, or classroom).

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