Grade 4 students took the time to focus on ‘feelings’, and discussed situations they associate with certain emotions. Being aware of their emotions can help students be mindful of how to respond constructively, so they can stay in control of a situation. They considered strategies to help with certain moods. Examples students said included drawing a picture to help get frustrations out, breathing slowly, playing music, talking to someone etc.
They spent time tuning in to body language and facial expressions to help them understand feelings in more depth. Being aware of how our bodies react to certain situations, such fear or danger, allows us to respond accordingly. I wanted to have students think about what their bodies might do in certain situations. For example, sweaty palms, racing heart beat, red cheeks etc.
Students then demonstrated certain feelings through body language. Using an iPad App called ‘Clone Camera’, they were to take photos of themselves showing different feelings through different expressions. They cloned themselves 4 times to show 4 different emotions.
They used Adobe Spark Post to enhance their ‘Clone Photos’ with text options, layouts and effects to further represent the emotions in their photos.
Take a look at students being mindful of their feelings……
Student please respond to the following:
Watch the video ‘Kids Explain Mindfulness’ and answer the questions:
What are some strategies you can use when feeling in the ‘Red Zone’?
Describe a situation when you were feeling in the ‘Red Zone’ and what you did to find your ‘Green Zone’.