Teachers Lesson Plans
How do you Feel?: Grade K-3
Express your feelings! Ask the students to use their bodies and facial expressions to illustrate various emotions and moods (anger, sadness, joy, a good mood, etc.). For older groups, more complex emotions can be used (boredom, moodiness, doubt etc.) Use mirrors so that your young actors can see their various facial expressions themselves. You will also be able to call their attention to facial wrinkles. (For example: one child may have dimples when he smiles; when we are angry, we usually wrinkle our forehead?) After experimenting with moods and the expression of feelings as a group, assign each child a specific emotion that he is supposed to simulate in front of the camera.
Hold the pose! Ask each student to pose for the camera, simulating the assigned emotion. For the younger groups, you will take the photographs. Older groups can take turns as the photographer. Remind your students regularly to pay particular attention to the pose (position of the body). The goal of this session is not to produce another version of the school photograph but to leave room for expression by using varied poses. How would you position your body? Will your hands be in the photo? Will you look directly at the camera? During the photography session ask the students to sketch on a sheet of paper a portrait or a self-portrait that expresses the emotion they were assigned.
Comment and Compare Encourage the students to comment on the results obtained and compare them. Are certain moods easier to express? Can they make up stories based on the photographs they took? Photography is a means of expression and can be used to express moods and feelings.
How do you feel today? After the activity, display the photos on a bulletin board or large sheets of cardboard and write under each of them the feeling expressed in it. You can also display the drawings your students made in step 2. You will be able to use this immense display to discuss your students? feelings and day-to-day moods.