Halloween Themed Lesson on Feelings

Happy almost Halloween! Today I will be sharing with you one of my favorite lessons that I use with my 2nd graders to teach them about feelings.


I begin the lesson by asking the students to name as many feeling words as possible, and I write all of their responses on the board. We talk about what the words mean as they are written down, and I usually add a few of my own in the mix to teach them about some feelings they may not already know how to identify.

 

We then talk about 3 main ways we can recognize how others might be feeling: words, facial expressions, and body language.

To make a point that sometimes our words are not congruent with our facial expressions or body language, I usually will give a few examples such as jumping around the room with a happy face saying “I’m SO sad!!!” or walk around with my arms crossed and a sullen expression telling them how excited I am to be in their class {this tends to be a big hit with the kiddos}. Usually a child brings up the fact that at times someone will say they are fine when they aren’t, and we can tell by what that person’s face and body are also doing.

Once we’ve identified feelings and talked about how people express them, I pass out a Halloween creatures feelings worksheet {you can download this worksheet from Lita Lita here}. Student draw facial expressions on the creatures based on the corresponding feelings words.

To finish the class, I read the book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

Before starting the book, I ask the class to notice how the characters may be feeling. After I’m finished reading, the kids tell me the pages they remember and how the character was probably feeling. We go back to those pages and look at the reasons we think the characters may have those feelings by focusing on the words, facial expressions, and body language.


How do you teach your students about feelings? Comment below with your favorite ideas!


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