This lesson would fit nicely as an introduction to a unit of Feelings. Or, you could also use it within the unit as a complimentary lesson.
Circle Time: Feelings.
Preschool- 2nd Grade
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: 1.1, 2.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2, 3.1 (this covers these frameworks).
Goals and Concepts (what is covered is the lesson):
A. Feelings can be anything from sad or happy to silly or mad.
B. The children will display the ability to describe different feeling words.
C. The children will enjoy expressing their feelings through music and illustrations.
D. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: 1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 4.1.
Objectives (what children should learn from the lesson):
A. Children will sing “I feel many different ways” and act out the different feelings within the song – happy, sad, silly, mad.
B. The children will help the teacher come up with a list of other “feeling” words. For example, shy, scared, lonely, jealous, bored, worried, excited.
C. The children will help the teacher make up one more verse to the song “I feel many different ways.”
D. The children will draw a picture of one feeling word on a paper plate.
E. The children will take turns sharing their paper plate drawing with the class.
- The teacher will introduce the song, and set goals for singing and listening: Boys and Girls, we are going to sing a song about feelings. It is important to learn about feelings so we can express ourselves. Who hear has ever had a day where they were really sad? And who here has had a day that you were just sooo happy? Well, why don’t we listen to the different feeling words in the song, so then after we can try to think up even more words to describe how we feel. As we are singing, let’s try to make faces to show the feeling we are singing about.
- The teacher will sing the first verse of “I feel many different ways,” then ask the children to help her sing the rest of the song.
B. Key teaching:
1. When the song is over, the teacher will ask the children to help construct a list of even more feeling words: Boys and girls, who can think of any other feeling words? The teacher can create situations to help the children think of words, such as, how would you feel if it was your birthday party and you were about to open up a big present? (excited) Or, how would you feel if a friend called you a name? (mad). The teacher can stop the list when the children have thought up 8-10 feeling words.
2. The teacher will then ask the children to pick one feeling word on the list to make another song verse out of: Now, let’s choose a feeling word and try to think of what to say in the chorus of the song: For example, Let’s choose excited. And feeling excited is okay. With a Hurray here! And a Hurray there!
1. To conclude the circle time, the teacher will ask each child to use a paper plate to draw a feeling word. The teacher will show one example, so that the children understand that the plate should be used like it is a face.
2. Then allow each child to go around the room and tell what their feeling word was and show their face.
A. “I feel many different ways.”
B. Large Chart paper.
C. White paper plates.
D. Markers and crayons.
- The teacher will note children’s participation in singing with the class, the teacher will observe the children’s effectiveness in adding to the list of feeling words, and the teacher will record the children’s ability to illustrate a feeling word of their choice and share with the class.
- The teacher will build off the lesson, by having the children come in each day and create another verse to the song. This will allow the children’s vocabulary of feeling words to grow immensely.
- Standard A: This lesson has room to make the learning cumulative. It allows for the children to get a basis of knowledge on feeling words, and provides opportunities to learn and build the song each day or each week. Also, it promotes further learning by illustrations and displaying what the child has taken away from the lesson.