Explain that today we’re going to learn about feelings. We’re going to learn how to sort feelings into 4 different categories based on how your brain and body feel.
Blue - body is running slow, not much energy, tired, sick, sad, or bored
Green - body feels good to go, like a green light, happy, calm, focused
Yellow - caution and slow down, body is starting to lose control, feel silly, wiggly, excited, worried, anxious, surprised
Red - out of control and need to stop, extreme feelings like anger, extreme nervous
Read the story The Way I Feel.
Show Pumpkin emotion cards and have students guess what emotion they are and what zone they are in. Ask students what parts of the face helped you decide what emotion it is? Point out eyebrows, eyes, mouth, cheeks and how we use those to help us understand how others are feeling.
Have students draw their own pumpkin faces for each zones.
4 Heart: I was careful with this lesson to not reference the well-known holiday. I talked about fall for the use of pumpkin shapes because it is funner then drawing on circles. The students quickly picked up on the idea of sorting feelings into the four Zones of Regulation. My talented daughter drew the faces on the pumpkins.
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