Help students identify facial expressions associated with different emotions using Emotions Skill Strips! Students read or listen to the prompts and select a photo to identify a particular emotion or situation.
Prompts include six basic emotions: happy, sad, fear, anger, surprise, and disgust and a list of synonyms for each emotion to help expand vocabulary.
Emotion Skill Strips has four levels:
Level 1 Cards –
Each card presents one person exhibiting three different emotions. Student listens to/reads the prompt (Show me SAD.) and points to the correct facial expression associated with that emotion.
Level 2 Cards –
Using the same prompts as in Level 1, student chooses the person exhibiting the correct facial expression from three different photos of children and adults.
Level 3 Cards –
Three different people are expressing three different emotions. Student listens to/reads the question or scenario (e.g., “Who lost a pet?”) and chooses the person exhibiting the appropriate facial expression.
Level 4 Cards –
Student studies the person’s facial expression in the photo presented and then chooses which event prompted this particular emotion.
The Emotions Skill Strips includes the following:
- 120 double-sided cards (8 cm x 21.5 cm)
- Four color-coded levels
- 240 prompts (60 prompts in each level)
- Divider tabs
Tips for Teaching Emotions
- Begin by teaching students to focus on the parts of the face that relate to our emotions: mouth, cheeks, nose, eyes, forehead etc. Use a hand-held mirror and have students practice moving these parts to make a smile, frown, furrowed or surprised brow etc.
- Choose photo cards that show a specific category of emotions (e.g. happy, sad, angry etc.) and review the body parts involved in making these expressions. Point out the variety of people within the four levels making these expressions, as different people express an emotion using a combination of different body parts.
- Using the photo cards in Levels 1, 2 and 3, choose three photo cards with the same emotions (3 cards presenting SAD). Have students study the SAD face. How does the SAD face differ from the other facial expressions depicted on the card? Discuss the facial expressions or body gestures that make the picture different.
- As students’ progress, introduce more difficult synonyms for the emotions words such as displeased, elated, humiliated, etc. Look through magazines and newspapers or other photo-based materials to help students generalise these emotions to various contexts.