Colorful Feelings

Lesson Plan Glossary

Glossary of Terms

At URSTRONG, we believe it’s important to use kids’ language for kids’ problems. That’s why we have our very own, unique language of friendship. Here are some important terms that children, parents, and teachers learn in our program.

Friendship Fire®: Any situation between you and a friend that results in negative feelings.

Mean-on-Purpose: When someone is intentionally unkind to someone else.

Quick Comeback: A very short word or phrase that is used when someone is Mean-on-Purpose. Quick Comebacks are designed to let the other person know that you heard/saw what they did and you’re not okay with it.

Friend-o-meter: A visual tool that assesses the health of friendships, ranging from the healthy zone to the unhealthy zone.

Friend-o-cycle: The normal cycle in a friendship that brings the friendship back to the healthy zone after experiencing a Friendship Fire. The phases of the Friend-o-cycle are: Healthy Friendship – Fire – Confront the issue – Talk-it-Out – Forgive & Forget – Closer & Stronger – Healthy Friendship…

4 Friendship Facts: A set of four facts that help us have realistic expectations in our friendships so we understand what is normal.

  1. No friendship (relationship) is perfect.
  2. Every friendship is different.
  3. Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.
  4. Friendships change…and that’s okay.

Red Shirt Girl and Striped Shirt Boy: Two characters that remind us about the importance of body language.

Friendship Ninja: A Friendship Ninja is someone who surrounds themselves with friends in the healthy zone of the Friend-o-meter. A Friendship Ninja is kind and friendly to everyone. A Friendship Ninja understands the 4 Friendship Facts and puts out their Friendship Fires when they ignite. A Friendship Ninja stands up for themselves and their friends. A Friendship Ninja makes new friends and understands that friendships change…and that’s okay. Above all else, a Friendship Ninja is someone you want to be friends with because they’re true to who they are!

Objective

Emotional literacy is the first step in helping students develop friendship literacy.

It’s important to help kids recognize that we all have many types of emotions, feelings, and moods. Some feelings are positive (feel good) and some are negative (feel bad), but they are all a part of being human. We want our students to have many, many words to describe the complex feelings that go on inside of them.

As Dr Susan David, the author of Emotional Agility states, “When we label our emotions accurately, we are more able to discern the precise cause of our feelings and take concrete steps forward.” In other words, as famously put by Dr Daniel Siegel, “Name it to tame it.

Help your students expand their ‘feelings words’ vocabulary with this fun, colorful lesson making lil’ Feelings Friends out of thumbprints – inspired by Dr Hazel Harrison’s video describing the Brain House.

 

 

Feelings Friends 

Key Outcome

Your students will learn how to put a name to their feelings, starting to expand their emotional literacy.

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