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Language and Communication identify feelings from situations and tone of voice  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Identifying feelings from situations or tone of voice

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1b
TAP skill:Language Understanding
TAP level:TAP56
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
How would you feel if....?

Pictures of facial expressions showing the feelings:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Excited
  • Angry

(If you don't have these resources use pictures from magazines or books).

1. Show the children the pictures of the facial expressions

2. Talk about what the 'feeling' is that corresponds to the picture

3. Talk about other words that mean the same as the feeling words (e.g. happy/ glad, angry/ mad)

4. See if the children can think of any other feeling words

5. Describe a situation and get the children to identify the appropriate feeling

6. E.g. 'you saw a spider in the bath', 'David Beckham was coming to your school', 'you found 10', 'you failed a test' 'you saw a fight in the playground', 'your homework was easy'

If the children cannot identify the feelings that correspond to the pictures talk about the feelings by describing situations where you would feel that way.

Also encourage the children to think of times that they have felt that way.

To make the task more challenging, remove the visual cues (i.e. the pictures showing the facial expressions).

Another way to make it more challenging is to introduce different feeling words (e.g. proud, anxious, embarrassed, bashful, etc).

How do I really feel.......?

Pictures of facial expressions showing the feelings:

  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Excited
  • Angry

(If you don't have these resources use pictures from magazines or books).

Really stress to the children to listen to the voice rather than the words

Get the children to show you different voices for the feelings of happy, sad, angry and excited

Try to get the children to identify how people in the classroom are feeling (e.g. the teacher, their friends)

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