BIG Ideas about BIG Feelings

A read-aloud of the story, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, begins a lesson all about big emotions. Scholars share a time when someone they know exhibited strong feelings, focusing on what they said, looked like, and how they moved their bodies. A game of Name That Feeling challenges participants to demonstrate emotions while others race to identify it. Class members complete a matching activity and discuss which emotions they felt were easier or harder to understand. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson whenever you sense a need in your classroom—revisit and review concepts often to remind pupils how to properly share their feelings 
  • Have hand-held mirrors available for learners to make faces in so they can see what certain emotions look like 
  • Invite the school's counselor to be part of the discussion, encourage him or her to share their professional opinions and helpful tips 
Classroom Considerations
  • Scenarios and game cards should be created before conducting the lesson 
  • Copies are required 
  • When asking children to tell a story about someone else's feelings, remind them not to share names 
  • Encourages healthy ways to understand emotions
  • Includes a creative lesson extension 
  • Plenty of talking opportunities boost listening and speaking skills 
  • None