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Students draw a picture related to the book "Today I Feel Silly" using a computer drawing program. They listen to the story and answer discussion questions, view drawings on the teacher's Paint website, and create an illustration of their favorite part of the story using computer drawing software.
A big part of learning how to be emotionally healthy is learning how to identify and express your emotions. The book Today I Feel Silly is the inspiration for a wonderful activity plan that is intended to teach young children how to be self-reflective and expressive. The class will read and discuss the book, play emotions bingo, and play a feelings toss game. These activities complement the book nicely and are sure to enhance any unit of lesson.
Students practice strategies to become better fluent readers with expression through reading silently and reading at a smooth pace with repeated readings. They read in groups with enthusiasm and expression the book, "Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make my Day."
It isn't always easy to tell another person how we feel; and little ones have an even more difficult time identifying and expressing their emotions. They get a chance to discuss and explore how they can express how they feel in different ways. First, they talk about moods as they read two different books. Then, they engage in any of the four terrific activity ideas. Each one is designed to show children they can express themselves with and without saying a word.
As children observe the teacher reading Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, they take note of the role punctuation plays in the emotion or expression used. They then take turns reading a book with a partner so they can practice using reading expression strategies that increase fluency. As an assessment, each child reads individually to the teacher. 
Learners discover how to read with expression. By reading and rereading decodable words in connected texts, students study the importance of expressions and how it can make a book more enjoyable.
Young scholars observe and demonstrate a variety of strategies for reading with expression. They listen to the teacher read sentences with and without expression and discuss the type of punctuation that is needed. Students then listen to the book "Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day" using expression, and identify the appropriate punctuation for sentences from the book.
Students discuss an ordinary apple. They pass the apple around the room, whacking it on the floor at their turn. Students watch as the teacher cuts open the apple showing them it looks the same on the outside, but is bruised on the inside. They relate this to what happens when you hurt someone's feelings. Students explore five Discovery Buckets designed to give them practice expressing their thoughts and feelings.
Students listen to the story Feelings by Aliki by William Morrow in order to identify the different emotions depicted in the story, and observe how the characters' faces change to portray these feelings. For this lesson on emotions, students use mirrors to test out and observe the faces of their different emotions. Students discover that facial expressions communicate how they are feeling.
Students demonstrate how to use the Six Traits writing model. In this writing lesson, students use their senses to make their writing more descriptive and demonstrate how to use the six traits of writing by creating a story.
Pupils discuss differences such as skin color, eye color, hair color, emotions, families, etc., to reinforce that it is okay to be different.
Students draw a picture with only one color crayon. As a class, they discuss how the world would be different if there were only one color crayon to use. After being read a book, they discuss how each person is important even though they are different. To end the lesson, they draw another picture using all colors.
Pupils recognize the phoneme /s/. Through matching activities, they discriminate the phoneme /s/ from other letters and phonemes. They associate the phoneme /s/ with its letter representation and identify the phoneme /s/ in various words and phrases.
Learners practice reading with expression. After discussing how reading with feeling and expression can enhance the text, students listen as their partner reads a story with expression. Learners complete a checklist concerning their partner's reading with expression.
This lesson is designed to teach children to read fluently and more expressively. Children will become more confident readers when they learn to read with expression. They will grow to enjoy reading more if they use expression. We will learn to read with expression in this lesson by using whole text.

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