Extension Activities

Self-Awareness | Grades 4-5

Learning Goal 1: Demonstrates an awareness and understanding of own emotions.

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Go back: Intervention Ed.

Benchmark 1: Develop more complex vocabulary to communicate their emotions and feelings.

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  • Provide vocabulary words such as thrilled, elated, mournful, rejected, disappointed or irate, and have students practice using those words in their writing.

  • When reading a story, ask: "How does this part make you feel? Is that what the author intended?"

Benchmark 2: Distinguish degrees of their own emotional intensity.

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  • Discuss with students the basic emotions, and range of intensity within those emotions.

  • Have students create “emotional thermometers” and discuss vocabulary words that fit at different levels, e.g., irritated versus irate. Refer to the thermometers with the whole class, e.g., before taking a quiz or going on a field trip. Independently check in with them when they seem to need support.

Benchmark 3: Recognize the connection between their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

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As part of discussing stories, have students identify a time they may have had the same thoughts or feelings as a character and ask them to: discuss this in small groups, draw a picture, or write in their journals to describe how those situations caused them to think and feel the way they did.

Benchmark 4: Describe how they physically respond to emotion.

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  • Demonstrate personal awareness through active play, mimicking animal and character behaviors, noticing how their body responds when they act out character emotions.

  • Ask students to work in small groups to describe how different emotions make them feel physically. Or, have them respond to simple journal prompts that ask them to reflect on how emotions make them feel, such as, what does it feel like physically when you’re happy, sad, excited, angry, or nervous?