Eye See What You're Feeling: Using Stories to Teach Emotions While Wearing Masks

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4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Reading emotions when others are wearing masks is difficult as there is less visual information for young children to attend to. Focused instruction on the shape of the eyes and eyebrows can provide clues to feelings and emotions being expressed. This interactive workshop focuses on utilizing stories to plan and implement lessons on teaching emotions. Teachers will collaborate and intentionally prepare a lesson on teaching emotions based on a story. Be prepared to share your knowledge, strategies and creativity to teach emotional literacy to all young children.

Learner objectives

•Examine emergent literacy skills acquired through shared storybook reading for preschool aged students.
•Investigate facial features (eyes and eyebrows) to assist young children in reading emotions when a face mask is worn.
•Analyze targets within a lesson plan for vocabulary, emotions, activities and follow up with families for a shared reading lesson plan. 
•Create lesson plan targets of vocabulary, emotions, and activities and follow through with families for a new story with a group of teachers.
•Utilize strategies when reading out-loud to meet the various needs of all young children.
•Produce repertoire of developmentally appropriate literature to focus on teaching emotions.

Intended audience
Administrator, Early Childhood Special and General Educator, Family Educator, Family Member, Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech/Language Therapist, Teacher Assistant
Contact hours
Gateways training stage
Training topic area
Early Literacy, Special Needs/Inclusion
Gateways to Opportunity content area
Interactions, Relationships and Environments