My activity can be utilized in a Social Studies or Health lesson. In my public domain search, I located three images of children expressing different emotions (sad, happy, mad).
I would first show my class one of the images and would then ask the two guiding questions (included below). After posing these questions, students would “think, turn and talk,” about the emotion the child is expressing and how they came to that conclusion. I would then lead the class in a discussion about facial expressions, and body language. For example the teacher might elaborate on why the students identified “sad” as the emotion. The teacher can point to the image and discuss the details of the child’s frown, and the tears streaming down his cheeks as evidence that he may be feeling sad. My objective for this activity is for students to be able to identify the emotion displayed by using the child’s facial expression as evidence.
This activity can also be used when discussing empathy with upper elementary students and middle school students. The teacher can explain that our words and actions make others feel a particular way. For instance when we say something that is unkind it may result in someone feeling sad or angry. When showing students the images the teacher can ask similar guiding questions that are posted below, and can also ask students to write or discuss a scenario that explains why the child may be feeling that way.
- What emotion is the child expressing in this picture?
- How do you know he/she is feeling this way?