We can't control our feelings, but we can control how we act on them.
For students learning this concept as they grow socially and emotionally, this means not only recognizing feelings, but understanding what causes them, and how the same scenarios may impact others differently.
Because social-emotional learning for elementary students is such an important part of their learning and development, we've again partnered with Cathy Henry, educator and founder of The Curriculum Corner and Free Word Work, to create this Emotion Meter Lesson Plan Activity Booklet to help students identify and express their feelings in a healthy way to nurture growth not only emotionally but academically as well. By creating a supportive environment for group discussion and sharing, you'll create that sense of community every teacher hopes for in the classroom.
In this activity, you will create an emotion meter to help students share how they are feeling. You may choose for each student to have their own emotion meter at their desk, or create a poster-size visual for utilizing in front of the class. This can help you with any needed interventions or check-ins when a particular student is struggling, or gauge whether the whole group might need a "brain break" or change-up in the usual routine.
Through scenario cards, reaction pages, feelings cards, and lesson extensions, you'll have a printable packet of tools to help managing emotions in your classroom, while teaching important social-emotional learning lessons to help understand how others may feel in various situations.
Download this free lesson plan activity, Emotion Meter: an SEL Lesson for Teachers, designed for elementary students containing:
Tips, lessons, and extensions for implementing emotion meter visuals for your classroom
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