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Take a moment to sit up tall, place your feet on the ground, and close your eyes. Begin to notice the tension in your shoulders, face, and neck. Take an inhale through your nose and exhale through you mouth. Repeat this exercise 3 times. Our breath is our most powerful tool in emotional awareness and regulation. Begin to notice if you are holding your breath throughout the day. Take a moment to reset. Set a timer on your phone a few times a day to check in with your breathe and repeat this exercise. Record what you noticed about your mind, body, and breath.
Here is a sample lesson plan focusing on Emotional Awareness from our 4th grade curriculum. Although this plan is in our 4th grade curriculum, the power of music can benefit all ages!
LESSON 9: Describe your current mood
SEEC Pillar: Emotional Awareness
Language Arts TEK Standard: 6D, 8B,7B
ASCA Behavior Standard: B-LS 4, B-SS 1,8,9
Mini Lesson: What kind of music do you like to listen to? Do you dance in the car, in the kitchen, on the bus? Music can be a strong influence on our mind, emotions, and mood. Ask students to share how music affects their emotions and mood. Create a list of their emotions and type of music/artist.
For the next part of the lesson, play four different songs with a variety of sound. After each song, ask students to draw a picture or write a few words from their list, describing what they were feeling while listening to each song. Play each song three times. The first time the song is played, ask students to simply LISTEN and FEEL. During the next two times ask students to work on their illustrations that display the feeling or emotion.
Displaying feeling faces or emojis can help support students’ creativity and understanding.