5 Senses: Recognizing, Connecting Emotions Activity for Social Emotional Learning
Practice recognizing emotions as you connect to the five senses with this activity pack! These activities might be used over the course of a week, month, or entire school year to go back and revisit.
Start your activities by displaying the five senses heart (page 5 (color), 6 (black and white)). Discuss the five emotions. Then discuss what makes each sense happy (ex. hear: calm music, taste: chocolate chip cookie, feel: fuzzy blanket, see: rainbow, smell: bread baking, etc.). Explain that there are things around us that can make us feel good inside of our hearts. Then ask students to share about something that makes one of their senses happy.As students share, have them mass the five senses heart around the room, touching the sense they are connecting to in their observation.
Then have a discussion about what we might do to make others’ senses happy (hear: kind words, taste: give a friend a sucker, feel: a gentle hug, see: a picture drawn by themselves, smell: help a grown up bake a chocolate cake, etc.). Ask students to share about a time they made someone else’s senses feel good. You might also talk about the opposite, what doesn’t make others’ senses feel so good, as a reinforcement of promoting positive behaviors.
Follow up with these discussions by having students share their thoughts on paper. Two drawing options (pages 7, 8) are included. Three writing options (pages 9-11) are included as well, along with a coloring page (page 12) to place on top of the writing sheets for display.
To continue your activities, you might hang posters (pages 13, 14) up in or on lockers. At sharing time, students share about ways they’ve made their own or others’ senses happy. Then they color that sense on the poster with encouragement to color all five of the senses!
Hang up the 5 senses heart poster (page 4) in your room as a reminder to reflect on making our own hearts, as well of the hearts of others happy!
My Five Senses, Me and My Five Senses, I Hear a Pickle, and We’re Better Together, are great books to read to add to your lessons!
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