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    Identifying Feelings with Emotion Cards

    Topics: Autism & Preschool Lesson Plans, Autism & Emotions, Elementary (4-12), Teen (13-17), Lesson Plans

    Lesson Plan Overview

    Use Stages Emotion Cards with literature to support a child's recognition of facial emotions and feelings in various contexts.


    • Learn and name parts of the human face.
    • Learn that people carry many cues to identify how they feel.
    • Learn that facial expressions change as emotions change.
    Language Builder® Emotions Cards



    Pick 5 different emotion cards and have students identify emotion. If possible, have them explain how they were able to identify. For example, “they are sad because they are frowning.” Go through various scenarios and have students point to the flash card that that would identify how they would feel. 

    Possible scenarios include: 
    • Your brother or sister took your toy away from you.the-way-i-feel-by-janan-cain-book-image
    • Your mom just made a fresh batch of cookies.
    • Your dad/mom has to go away for a week.
    • Someone just told a funny joke.

    Read "The Way I Feel" by Janan Cain. Stop throughout the book and have students pick out a card that identifies how the character is feeling. 



    Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Written by Lindsey Dunn, Ed.M.

    Lindsey Dunn received her BS in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in literacy and teaching English as a second language. After graduating, she began teaching in an inclusive kindergarten setting in Katy Independent School District, a leader in educational technology implementation. During her time as a teacher, Lindsey worked on modifying various educational technologies to meet the range of needs of her younger learners. In 2013 she completed her Ed.M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Following her time at Harvard, she completed a graduate school fellowship with Education Pioneers, a program geared towards training leaders to transforms the education section. As an Education Pioneer Fellow, Lindsey worked with STEMscopes, a science curriculum publisher, based out of Rice University in Houston Texas. During her summer she facilitated over eighty-five prekindergarten through twelfth grade teachers through the training and development of a new curriculum based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Lindsey has also consulted with large educational publishers and video game designers on effective learning design.