Provide students with an example of a situation that occurred within the class that evoked a feeling within you. Provide the students with an example of how happy you were when they received a compliment in the hallway, or how sad you felt when a beloved book was torn. Choose to do this daily with the students to model to them how to express their feelings.
Read, How Are You Peeling. This is a delightful rhyming book to help young children identify different emotions. The fruit and vegetables are the "characters". The fruit and vegetables go through stages of happiness, fear, sadness, anger, jealousy and so on throughout the book. The expressions on the fruit or vegetable “face” describe the feeling.
After the first reading, write the words neat and large enough for the student's to read from their desks on chart paper. Draw a picture next to the word for picture support for early readers. They will need to refer to the chart when they make their feeling books.
Choose some children to role play. Provide them with a possible scenario of a classroom event and have them express their feelings. Next have them speak the words that typify the feeling. For example, "I feel angry when you take the book away from me." Have another student say, "Can we share?"
On each pumpkin have the students draw (and color) two black triangles for eyes and one for the nose. The mouth of the pumpkin will show the feeling. For example, a frown will be an upside down curve. Place a black line at the bottom of each page for the students to write the sentence, describing the pumpkin's feeling.
This can be accomplished in two ways, the first is to write a sentence starter, I feel ___________, on each page for the students and they complete the sentence, or provide only the word feel, __________ feel ____________. Students write the word "I" on the first line and the feeling on the last line.
Check to see that students can follow directions. Are students using the chart to find the correct spelling of the feeling word? Do the feeling and the word match on the page? Can students reread the book back to you? Neatness and carefulness are always expected.
Take the time to read each student's book aloud to the class. This will be very rewarding to the children and affirm their feelings!