Daily Lesson Planning
- Discuss the feelings represented by the puppets in "I feel . . ." Invite students to tell about times when they have had these feelings. Then ask them to share other emotions they experience. Write these words on the board. (For inspiration, remind them of the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”)
- Share books and poems about feelings.
- Implement “I feel . . . ” (BB 60).
Choose from the following:
- Implement “Writers use words to tell feelings” (BB 61).
- Explain that a compliment is like a hug, and list several sentences such as “I like you,” “I want to be your friend,” and “You’re very nice.” Then ask children for other “word hugs” to add to the list. Implement "Word Hugs" as one way to send someone a compliment. Also consider using "We write notes and cards" (BB 16).
- Pass out paper lunch bags and/or use "A Feeling Face" and have children make puppets that show a certain emotion or feeling. Encourage students to make up little skits with their puppets.
- Invite the children to make books in which they record their feelings (in words, colors, and pictures) for five days.
- Have small groups create collages related to a certain feeling. Children may choose one feeling or several related feelings, and draw pictures, paste on magazine pictures, and write words about their topic. Finally, display the collages.
- Implement "Door Sign" to help children display their feelings at home.
- Have children share their projects, collages, and puppet skits.
- Write the words mad, sad, and glad on the board and play a little game. Make up statements about situations children face daily and describe each using one of the words mad, sad, or glad. Examples: “If someone takes my toy, I feel . . . ; When I get hurt, I feel . . . ; When I visit my friend, I feel . . . .” After you read each statement, children may call out one of the words, or volunteers may take turns pointing to the words on the board.