Identifying emotions

Identifying emotions is the first step to helping students regulate them. Recognizing the physical signs associated with different feelings will strengthen students’ ability to manage their emotions before they get too big.

Identifying and managing your feelings, or Emotion Regulation, requires the ability to respond to strong emotional situations in a socially acceptable manner. Children who are good at identifying and managing their emotions feel better about themselves and have more successful friendships.

Students Will: Understand why chameleons change color and identify ways humans show their moods/emotions

Materials: Chameleon story and worksheet


  1. Before passing out the worksheets, ask students why they think chameleons change color. Most students will probably say “camouflage.”
  2. Read the story aloud to students while they read along and fill in the vocabulary terms on their worksheet.
  3. Now that we know chameleons change color to show their mood, have students spend a few minutes writing down ways humans show their mood to each other on the lines.
  4. Have a discussion with the group about the different ways humans show moods and emotions to each other. Asks students some ways they personally show emotions when they are angry, sad, scared, etc.
  5. Discuss with students which of these are the most appropriate ways to show someone how you are feeling. Remind students they they can go to the Cool Down Corner when their emotions get too big. (This lesson is a great backstory as to why they color a chameleon worksheet there.)
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