Activity 1: Play Hap Palmer's song entitled Feelings. After playing the song, ask the children to point to the part of their body that allows them to show each feeling during the song. (They should point to their face of course.)
Activity 2: Introduce the book, Make A Face: A Book With a Mirror written by Henry and Amy Schwartz. Take a picture walk through the book and ask how each child is feeling by looking at the faces throughout the book. Go back to the beginning and read the story through. After reading the story, take a few minutes to discuss how faces can be alike and/or different.
Activity 3: Model the correct way to handle a mirror. Pass out mirrors for children to observe and explore their own facial features. Ask them to make faces in the mirror to see how they look when feeling: happy, sad, scared, sleepy, and surprised. Using the hand mirror and a pointer finger, have the children point to various facial parts. Have them identify: eyes, nose, cheeks, ears, forehead, lips, mouth, chin, and hair. While looking in the mirror, have children trace around the shape of their face with their finger. Ask the children if they know the shape they just traced. Explain that most faces tend to have an oval shape.
Activity 4: Have several oval-shaped objects available to continue discussion on what an oval looks like. Have children locate ovals throughout the classroom.
Activity 5: Model how to use a real mirror to draw a self-portrait on the mirror template. Discuss the facial features that the children may want to include in their self-portrait. Instruct the children to go to a table to work on this final activity. (HInt: You may want the children to cut out their mirror template first before having them illustrate.) Next, give the children time to use the real mirrors, crayons, and mirror template to create a self-portrait. As the children finish their authentic artwork, you could display them in the classroom with a title like "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall".
Teacher Tip: Prior to creating the bulletin board display, you may want to photocopy the artwork so you have a work sample in each child's portfolio to share at conference time.