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Grade: Kindergarten

Interest-building activity:

Begin by asking students how they feel right now. Prompt them with a few suggestions: happy? Sad? Excited? Tired? Next ask them to describe how they feel on a holiday or special occasion. Finally, ask them how they feel when they get hurt. Now ask them what these words they used are called. They should come up with the word “feelings”. Let them know that today you’ll be reading a story and the students will try to identify what the main characters are feeling throughout the story.

Lesson Development:

-Begin reading the story of Hansel and Gretel either through the iStoryBooks app or website. Throughout the story, after each page, stop and ask students how the characters must be feeling. Focus on the main characters Hansel and Gretel as well as the witch. Here are the first few pages to get you started:

-After reading the first and second pages, pause and ask students what Hansel and Gretel must be feeling. If they need help, prompt them by asking them to look at the characters’ faces to try to determine what they must be feeling at that moment. You can also reiterate that after feeling bored, Hansel and Gretel have come up with a fun idea, so how do the students think they would feel. Students should say things like “excited” or “curious”. When students give an answer, ask them what makes them think so.

-Read the next page, and again, pause and ask students what they think Hansel and Gretel are feeling at that moment. Distinguish between the excitement and wonderment of seeing the bird that is their initial reaction, and Gretel’s statement that she wants to follow it but is is afraid (key word, make sure the students notice its use in the text) of getting lost.

-Continue on in the same way as you read through each page in the book, pausing to ask students what Hansel and Gretel (and later on the witch) are feeling. Help them along by pointing out the pictures and any textual clues. You can also ask students how they think they would feel if they were in that situation to help them think of a feeling.

-Tell students how we can often tell how people are feeling by facial expressions. Choose students one by one to come up to the front of the class. Whisper the name of a feeling to them and ask them to show that feeling through a facial expression. The rest of the class must guess what the student is feeling based on their expression.


For homework, have students pick a feeling and draw a picture representing that feeling.