How to Apply Emotion Vocabulary- Tips and Links for Free Resources

Vocabulary for emotions is so important to teach all children! It helps them be able to not only label, but think about and deal with the emotions they are feeling. Last post I shared some tips and resources for teaching the vocabulary and extending it into solving problems. To really be able to solve social problems, though, students need to be able to see another person’s point of view.

Applying Emotion Vocabulary in Real Life Skills- Looks-Like-Language
Use problem scenarios to apply the vocabulary your students just learned. Let them identify the feelings and take the perspectives of other people in varied situations, explaining the points of view on what events in the situation cause them to feel that way. This activity is great for groups, as students may have different takes or opinions on how the characters in the scenario might feel, and often want to convince their friends of their own perspective. Coming up with alternative ways to solve the problem situation and practicing what to say (and how to say it!) are important skills, too.




Taking Perspectives Tips and Links- Looks-Like-Language
Perspective Taking Worksheets and activity ideas:
If you haven’t seen Jill Kuzma’s website yet, you should definitely go there first! It is one of the best resources I have found! http://www.creducation.org/resources/perception_checking/classroom_activities_on_perspective_taking.html
This site is a little slow to load, but it includes free downloads to pictures and activities that can be used in a classroom or adapted for therapy use.

http://web.uvic.ca/~letsface/letsfaceit/sites/default/files/Taking%20Perspectives%20copy.pdf This free download gives teaching hints for using interpreting faces in photos to figure out the person’s perspective. It includes actual photos to use, also!

Once my students can discuss these situations, it is time to get them using them in a more realistic time frame. Real life doesn't let us stop, think, discuss it with an adult and then respond! Playing games and role playing activities are the ways I get kids applying the skills more quickly. 

Bubble Talk is one of my favorite games! The pictures are hilarious and students need to interpret facial expressions and nonverbal cues to figure out what the people could be saying.

Other games and ideas can be found at:
https://www.stenhouse.com/sites/default/files/public/legacy/pdfs/8247ch10.pdf
This free download gives lots of ideas for group games to play.

This free download has activities for teens.

Role playing links include:
This free download has good suggestions for how to set up and use role plays as a teaching strategy, as well as some scenarios to role play.

Scholastic provides a lesson plan, 10 role play scenarios to download and a poster.

You have to sign up for a free account here, but new materials are uploaded weekly by ESL teachers.

Just in case you are looking for additional help, these links are worth checking out, too!

Normative information

Research on adolescents  and social skills

Great resource for varied topics related to learning disabilities:

I hope you find that these links and my teaching tips are helpful! Next week, I will be giving more resource links and some tips for students on the autism spectrum. See you then!
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