Emotions Lesson (Part 1)

Emotions Lesson (Part 1): Communicating Emotions

Objective: Students communicate emotions through physical movement, facial expression, and posture.

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Playing emotions is at the heart of becoming a character and this lesson assists in building that skill. Students first imitate simple actions to communicate emotions as others try to identify which emotion they have chosen (part of the fourth grade objectives). Next they and a partner are given two emotions on which to create their own original very short scene. Again, others try to name the emotions the partners are imitating. This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: Emotions (Part 1)

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fourth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


  • Character
  • Emotions
  • Imitation
  • Movement


  • Character Education
  • Conflict
  • Emotions


  • Open