Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Feelings Cards for Sorting
One way I used the cards today was with a fourth grade girl who has a limited vocabulary. Together we went through the words and she sorted them into one of the 3 categories: pleasant; neutral; unpleasant. I then asked her to discuss a few in each category making a personal connection to the words. Talking about a personal experience with an emotion is part of the RULER Approach to social and emotional literacy developed at Yale University. This particular student is a very visual learner; she found it easier to discuss her feelings and how she handled the unpleasant ones she experienced this week much easier with these feeling cards than in prior sessions.
These cards could very easily be used in small groups, especially groups designed to develop social/emotional skills. The feeling cards could be used for charades, learning to express feelings using I statements, etc.