Practice Identifying Emotions with Google Slides

Practice identifying emotions using fun Google Slides activities in your school counseling program with individuals, group counseling, or classroom guidance
Thanks for joining me on the third post in this “Using Google Apps in School Counseling” series! Last week, I talked about making {sorting activities in Google Slides} to escape the long lines at the copier and save your hands from cutting out endless task cards (bye, scissors, see ya never)! This week, I’ll show you how I use Google Slides and Google Forms to help students identify and label their feelings.

Identifying Emotions

I’m sure it’s no surprise that students love using iPads and tablets in individual sessions, even with assessments! With early elementary/primary students, I like to do simple activities to help students figure out how other people are feeling and label emotions based on facial expressions. There are a few ways to this depending on your end goal. If you are wanting to assess a student’s ability to recognize emotions, I would use Google Forms because you can set up a quiz.
To do this, open a Google Form and insert images into your questions. In the example below, I’ve used clipart images. You can of course use real pictures as well! I like to use clipart with younger students as the emotions are often more explicitly displayed.  When you add a question, click the image box beside the question area to drag and drop your image. You can then add your response options below the image.


Adding an image to your question


Drag and drop your image


Your image is now in the question. Yay!

Once you have added all of the images you want to use, you can share your Google Form with a sharable link or add it into your Google Classroom. The two images below are the student version of the Google Form. Students will simply click or tap their answer and then click submit at the end of the form.

Once your student has completed the assessment, you can review the responses in your response area of your form. If you’re using the same form with multiple students, you’ll see how the question was answered across your group. This view is simply showing me what the one student selected for each question. This is a great first activity to do with students to figure out how well they can already identify emotions and help you find a direction for teaching this skill!

To turn this concept into more of a game, you can create an activity like the sorting activities we looked at last week in Google Slides. In this {Reeling Feelings activity}, students look at the image of the child on the dock, decide how he or she is feeling and “reel in” the fish with the correct emotion word by tapping and dragging the fish to the fishing pole. I followed the same format I described in {last week’s post to make this activity.}



Another activity I like to use with upper elementary individuals and small groups is an {“I feel… when…” labeling activity}. I created this in Google Slides. I created about 80 scenarios for students to read and consider how they might feel in that given scenario. Then, they simply tap and drag the emotion face that best represents how they’d feel to the circle. If we’re using this in a small group, it’s a great way to discuss how even in the same situation, different people might feel different ways because of their backgrounds, previous experiences, etc. Again with this activity, I followed the same format I described in {last week’s post} by creating and inserting background images (the wood look, the situation, and the landing space for the emotion) that students cannot move. I then created tiles on top of that image that are moveable by adding the circles, faces, and text boxes and then grouping those together so that the face, circle, and emotion word move together.
Students select the emotion that describes how they would feel in this situation


Drag the emotion to the circle



Next week I’ll be talking about using Google Sheets and Google Slides for polling a student group!
How are you using Google Apps to talk about feelings and build emotional intelligence? Let me know in the comments!



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