Throughout the day, students experience various emotions. Sometimes, they feel light and happy. However, other times they feel like they have a giant animal on their chest. Expressing emotions isn’t something students naturally understand. When students are young, they have no idea what it means to process their emotions appropriately. They need lessons and activities that allow them to know it is normal to feel so many emotions! Thankfully, learning about expressing feelings with In My Heart will help students throughout their lives! Between the book and Read Aloud Activities, students will feel empowered!
In My Heart
Author Jo Witek and illustrator Christine Roussey show students how to celebrate their feelings however they come!
Students experience so many emotions each day. This includes happiness, sadness, shyness, anger, and bravery. In addition to the feelings, students encounter them in varying amounts. So it is hard to handle them in appropriate ways. Thankfully, this unique book shows students how to articulate and identify their emotions.
Students who do not know how to express their feelings will become frustrated, overwhelmed, and angry. Chances are they will take these emotions out on their classmates without meaning to. This is why learning about expressing feelings with In My Heart is so important!
Since teachers have so much to prepare, there is a teacher guide to outline the entire unit. Specifically, this contains all of the lesson plans needed. Additionally, it includes an introduction to help prepare students and sets the purpose for the story. Likewise, it has essential vocabulary words!
When learning about expressing emotions, it is crucial to have a discussion. This lets students know that everyone feels all sorts of emotions each day. Therefore, there are higher-level thinking questions and talking points to guide students. Each question includes a page number, so teachers know exactly where to stop.
While discussion is essential to include in lessons, personal reflection is also critical. Thankfully, students have both aspects when learning about expressing emotions with In My Heart! There is a written response and activity sheet to help students understand the importance of learning to manage emotions. There are even differentiated options to ensure every student knows the importance of this social skill.
Furthermore, there is hands-on craftivity! Students will love how the craft connects the story to their lives.
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the classroom relates to life outside of school. Therefore, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions.
There are multiple ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. They even work perfectly for individual work time.
No Prep Resource
Teachers have to handle so much. Thankfully, the Read Aloud Activities are all no prep! Teachers just need to print the resources.
Students need to know it is normal to feel so many different ways. So, learning about expressing emotions with In My Heart is the perfect way to do this! Students will love learning how to articulate and handle their feelings.
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