by Joan Green
for ages 4 – 12
Through this book children learn to identify pictures of emotions.
Sentences such as, “I feel ________ when I do a good job,” allow the students to label their feelings. (There are no “correct” answers.) Open-ended questions at the back of the book allow teachers, therapists, parents or children to make up their own sentences. Even if a student is non-verbal or doesn’t speak English, once they can identify the pictures, you can read the sentence and have them give you or point to the picture that labels their emotion.
Another fun activity and a means of assessing a students emotions is to put the pictures face down and have students pick a picture. Ask them to give you an example of what might make them feel that way. A student picks a card that says, “excited”, ask the student to tell you something that would make them feel excited.
Buying Tip: This is an excellent book for kids to learn how to match, identify and label specific emotions. Of particular value are the sections that have a card with a comment “I feel …”. This book is a recommended resource to use together with The Zones of Regulation.