Faces With Feelings

Faces With Feelings lesson plan

Do you feel happy today? When do you feel sad?

  • 1.

    Talk with students about feelings. Ask the class how they would define the words "happy:" and "sad" without using those words in their sentences. Use Crayola® Dry Erase Markers on a classroom white board. Accept student contributions that are close to an accurate definition. Ask classmates to assist adjusting student definitions that may need a slight adjustment.

  • 2.

    Now ask students to pick a partner. Of the two members of the team, have the first member show a happy expression to a classmate. The second member of the team now expresses a sad face to his partner.

  • 3.

    As a class, ask for times when students feel happy or sad. List these contributions on the white board.

  • 4.

    Provide each student with two white paper plates and one craft stick. Ask students to create a happy facial expression and a sad facial expression, one on each paper plate. Use Crayola Crayons or markers to create each face. Glue both facial expressions to the craft stick, back-to-back. Allow to dry overnight.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resource includes: The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
  • Challenge students to identify what emotion they would feel for a given situation. For example, if they would accidently bump into a friend from long ago, who would they feel: happy or sad? Students use their face masks to answer the question.