"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion." Dale Carnegie
Students come to the class and one of the first thing teachers ask is how they are feeling that day. Most answers are instant like: "I'm fine, thanks, and you?" But what lies behind this "I'm fine" automated answer? Children experience a wide range of feelings during short periods of time and can switch quite fast from an exciting state to a boring one, but also vice-versa.
This is a series of four activities through which we tried to approach different meanings of feelings.
1. Balloon faces
Each student had to draw a particular emotion on the balloon, then in turns they had to identify them. Afterwards they gave an example of a situation in which they experienced that feeling. e.g " I was happy when I had a party for my birthday."
With all new forms of communications around us, one of the most popular one nowadays is definetely wassApp messenger. Children use it to communicate as soon as they get a mobile phone of their own. Needless to say they knew all these emoticons. So the activity was to let them draw the emotions they use in this messenger on small yellow dots and afterwards create a short dialogue based on these emotions.
3. Plasticine emotions
Just like the name suggests, we used plasticine to create funny faces. It's always fun to work with plasticine and my students were really creative. It was a guessing game and they all enjoyed it.
4. Facial expressions
The original idea comes from this wonderful craft site http://www.mrprintables.com/
The nice part of this craft is that all these face parts can move and create a wide variety of feelings. All you need is some cardboard and some fasteners.
Hope you are feeling great today!