Inside Out Lesson Plans about EMOTIONS! GREAT for the first of the year activities while establishing classroom norms and guidelines!
When it comes to teaching feelings to any age students really have to be able to understand the feeling they are having and be able to talk about the actions that they take and understand whether these actions and behaviors are appropriate.
This activity can be modified to use with any age group.
The inspiration I had to design these lessons was because of the new Disney – Pixar film, Inside Out. Inside Out teaches kids and adults how emotions can drive your behavior.
Sometimes you can control which emotion is driving your feelings but you can control the actions you take because of your behavior.
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This is a really fun activity to help students discuss the actions to take when they have different feelings in the classroom. Be sure to grab this Inside Out Classroom Feelings Chart if you are teaching the younger kids!
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Classroom Feelings Chart
Before students feel comfortable sharing ideas out loud you need to work on their comfort level.
So as you go through the lesson you will learn that first students work alone, then in pairs, then in groups, and then you have them share aloud.
Students Identify appropriate feelings and behaviors to help set classroom norms.
Are there right and wrong ways to deal with different emotions in the classroom or work environment?
5 sheets of paper for each student (or markers). You will want the different colors to stick with the movie theme from Inside Out. Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Purple.
Then 5 LARGE colored poster boards in the same color.
First, have students label each piece of paper with a feeling at the top.
Always save Joy for last! Have the entire class work on one color at a time. Start the timer and at the to of their paper going across have them write down times that they felt that emotion. Give them 1 MINUTE.
Next step. Give them 1 MORE MINUTE. Have them write down what they did in this situation. After 1 minute passes, assign them a shoulder partner. They are to take turns sharing their list with there should partner and continue to grow it. Stress to the students that these can be healthy or not so healthy reactions.
Pair each partner set into small groups of about 3-5 students. This is where they need to go through their list and write down what they feel is a HEALTHY reaction to their emotion. There might be some discussion and if one student feels differently from how their group feels, their paper can differ.
FINAL activity! Classroom discussion.
In a classroom, a teacher and class need to feel like a team. All of these emotions MIGHT happen in the class. This is a fun way to set your classroom norms based on emotion as a classroom activity!
Have the students come up with scenarios on how students and the teacher might feel these emotions throughout the year.
THEN talk about HEALTHY ways students can stress these emotions and deal with them in class. Have the class create large posters to hang in the room!
Decorate them with the characters from Inside Out to go with the theme of your classroom!
In a full paragraph, have students write out and or journal the answer to the lesson’s focus question: Are there right and wrong ways to deal with different emotions in the classroom or work environment?
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“Inside Out” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015!!
Your family will LOVE this movie! I can’t wait to take my 6-year-old to see this movie! It is a GREAT way to teach kids about feelings and what happens in their minds. Watch the trailer below:
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Teaching children about their emotions and how to understand and manage them is important for several reasons:
- Emotional regulation: Children who understand their emotions and have the skills to manage them are better able to regulate their behavior and respond appropriately to different situations.
- Social skills: Recognizing and understanding the emotions in others is a key component of developing healthy social relationships. Teaching children about emotions can help them become more empathetic and better at communicating with others.
- Mental health: Children who have a strong emotional vocabulary and are able to express their feelings are less likely to experience negative feelings like anxiety or depression.
- Self-awareness: Understanding one’s emotions is a key aspect of self-awareness. Knowing what one is feeling and why, helps children to understand themselves better, which is important for personal growth and self-esteem.
- Problem-solving: The ability to identify and manage one’s emotions is an important aspect of problem-solving. Children who can recognize when they are feeling upset or frustrated and take steps to calm down are better able to think clearly and make good decisions.
- Resilience: Learning about emotions and how to cope with them helps children develop resilience. They can develop skills for dealing with difficult situations, bounce back after setbacks, and build strong emotional well-being.