Deeper Dive into Classroom Activities: Resources

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Remember, resilient students are able to identify, express and cope with their feelings in healthy ways. One way you can build resilience is by incorporating opportunities for students to practice identifying and expressing feelings throughout the school day. Below is a guideline of resources and activities for you to help students identify and express their feelings.


Remind students that there are a variety of options for identifying and expressing their feelings—both in and out of school—including: 

 

  • Creating art
  • Journaling
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Sharing their feelings with someone they trust

 

There are many more healthy ways to express feelings. Encourage students to think about how they best express their feelings.


Use these resources to help students identify and express their feelings at school, at home and in the classroom. 

 

In the classroom (Use these resources once per week to multiple times per week)

  • Use feeling posters for feeling check-ins and to teach feelings words. Use the identifying feelings tip sheets on the back of these feelings printables for ideas and support.
  • Use the feelings prompts tip sheets (elementary school, middle and high school) to help students identify and express feelings (e.g., using books, morning meeting check- in, music, journaling or expressive exercises).
  • Use the communication tips on this handout to interact with students and help them express their feelings and needs.

 

School-wide opportunities 

   

  • Distribute on-the-go feelings cards, which you’ll receive in the mail, to help students identify their feelings throughout the day. 
  • Use the morning announcements tip sheets (elementary school, middle and high school) for ideas on how to talk about feelings and coping skills.

 

At home 

   


Educators face all kinds of challenges throughout the day, making it difficult to prioritize self-care. That’s why it’s critical to be intentional and carve out “me” time each day, if only for a few minutes. Check out these well-being resources for self-care ideas and strategies.