Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don't, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Feelings

Objective
To help children identify feelings and to understand how feelings affect behavior.

Background
Children might not always believe it is okay to have feelings. They also might not know what their feelings are or how to deal with them. Children who can identify their own feelings as well as the feelings of others are better able to communicate and establish relationships with others. They understand how a person or a situation is really affecting them and what they need to do to feel comfortable or in control. When children can label feelings, they can more easily accept them and acknowledge how their feelings affect what they and others do. An important aspect of labeling feelings is having the appropriate words to identify specific feelings.

Activities
In a comfortable classroom atmosphere, have students make a list of all the feelings they know (examples: happy, sad, concerned, worried, shy, frightened). 

Have students describe the characteristics of a person who is experiencing a specific feeling. For example, what are the facial expressions and body posture of a happy person? How does a happy person talk? Does a happy person look relaxed or worried? 

Using the Clown Pal, have each student draw and label a feeling on the face. Prepare a bulletin board with the drawn and labeled clown faces. 

As an alternate or follow-up activity, have children dramatize a feeling they have experienced. Encourage them to express the feeling with their voice, body posture, facial expression, and movement.

Resources
Clown Pal for each student; crayons or colored markers; (optional) newspaper and magazine photographs that show people's feelings (you might ask students to bring in samples).

Teacher Tips
• Encourage all students to participate in these activities, but do not force them on students who are reluctant. Some chil-dren may feel comfortable only in completing the clown picture.

Source
Learning to Live Drug-Free, A Curriculum Model for Prevention, U.S. Department of Education's Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program

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