Identifying and Understanding Emotions

An essential component of Social Emotional Learning is developing self-awareness. Self-awareness allows us to identify our feelings. Identifying and understanding our feelings can allow us to talk about our feelings more clearly and respond to challenging emotions more easily. Click here to access a variety of resources to support identifying and understanding emotions!

Feelings Chart

Use this feelings chart to introduce your student to a variety of feeling words. This chart can also be used to “check in” with your student to see how they are feeling at a given time.

feelings chart


Emotions: Words, Signs, Behaviors

It may be hard for your student to label their emotions. Use this handout to help your student identify and label their emotions by exploring the signs and behaviors associated with various feelings. “Check in” with your student when they are experiencing a sign or behavior and ask them to label their feeling(s) to support feeling identification and self-awareness.




Emotion Thermometer

Use this tool to help your student identify their feeling and the intensity of the feeling. Encourage your student to independently cope with low intensity feelings (see coping strategies section!). Encourage your student to ask for a little help (for medium intensity) or help from an adult (for high intensity feelings) as needed.

emotions thermometer


Explore My Emotions Coloring Book

Print out this coloring and activity book to help your student understand basic emotions and situations that may contribute to feeling happy, sad, proud, worried, etc.



FCPS Psychologist Videos

Check out the videos below! FCPS School Psychologists discuss common feelings including kindness, worry, disappointment, and bravery.