FEELINGS . . . NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS
This is a lesson designed to help elementary students recognize and describe feelings or emotions which may lead to a loss of self-control. The lesson also introduces the concept of consequences and altenative choices.
Main Curriculum Area: Healthful Living
Grade Level: 3
Approximate Time Required: 1 hour
Standard Course of Study: Goto SCoS
Primary Goal and Objective: 2.2
Other Goals & Objectives from the NC Standard Course of Study:
2.1Monitoring own feelings.
Other Subjects Covered: Guidance
Teacher's Lesson Goals/Objectives:
The student will describe emotions/feelings which may lead to loss of self-control, introduce the concept of consequences and alternative choices.
1. Blank Dartboard worksheet
2. Chalkboard and chalk/poster and marker
Technology Resources Needed:
1. Review what emotions/feelings are
2. Explain that we all have emotions/feelings which affect the way we act
3. Explain that the way we act results in responses, also known as consequences
4. Talk about how some of our emotions/feelings lead to actions(maintaining self-control) which have positive consequences while other emotions/feelings lead to actions(losing self-control) which have negative consequences
5. Discuss how the positive or negative consequences are based on our choice of action as it relates to a given emotion/feeling
1. Give each student a copy of a blank dartboard worksheet
2. Write these emotions/feelings on the chalkboard: anxious, embarassed, guilty, loved, proud, hopeful, lonely, depressed, confused, disgusted, safe, warm, cold, nervous excited, bored, curious, upset, hurt, weak, sorry, angry, kind, mean, sad, happy, silly, scared, frustrated, hated
3. Have students transcribe these emotions/feelings on their dartboard and place a star next to each emotion/feeling which they have experienced
4. As a group, go though each of the emotions/feelings which have been starred. On the board, list the emotions/feelings and then ask the group to indicate some of the actions which may result.
5. Discuss and write the consequences of each action and describe whether or not the action was worth it.
6. List alternative actions for each emotion/feeling.
1. Appropriate participation/feedback of student
2. Finished worksheet
Supplemental Resources / Information for Teachers:
A Resource Manual For The Development and Evaluation of Special Programs For Exceptial Students, State of Florida Department of Education, 1983.
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Additional Comments from the Author of This Lesson:
About the Author:
Michael Ernst is a Cross-Categorical Exception Education Teacher at Guy B. Teachey Elementary School in Asheboro, North Carolina. Michael has a degree in Psychology from High Point University, a B.A. degree from the University of Florida and is a master's candidate at both Florida Atlantic Universty and the University of Maine. This is Michael's first year teaching in North Carolina and sixth year teaching overall, having previously taught in both Maine and Florida. Prior to teaching, Michael worked with Florida State Mental Health, Child Services and was a Homicide Investigator.