Extension Activities

Self-Awareness | Grades K-3

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

Go back: Core Ed.

Go back: Intervention Ed.

Benchmark 1: Recognize and label their emotions and feelings.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Routinely talk about physical and emotional cues that tell us how we’re feeling in different situations and in age-appropriate ways. For example, with younger children say, “Some people are happy when they have a smile. Is that what you’re feeling? How can you tell on the inside you’re feeling happy?” Recognize that not all cultures express emotions in similar ways.

  • Listen deeply to what students say and reflect what you heard about their feelings, e.g., “When I hear the kinds of things you’re saying, it sounds like you’re feeling very frustrated right now. Is that what you’re feeling?”

Benchmark 2: Identify positive and negative emotions.

Take it further — integrate!

  • Listen deeply to what students say and reflect what you heard about their feelings, e.g., “It sounds like you’re feeling very frustrated right now...” or “It sounds like you’re feeling very happy right now...”

Benchmark 3: Identify emotions related to different situations or events.

Take it further — integrate!

  • When reading a story, ask: "What did the author add to make you feel ___ about the character?"

  • Throughout the day, ask students to stop and identify their emotion, asking why they feel the way they do.

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