Free 5th Grade Self-Awareness And Empathy Lesson Plan (Moral And Values)

Topic: Recognizing and Expressing Emotions

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize the different types of emotions and label them correctly.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the different expressions of emotions through facial expressions, body language, and verbal expressions.


  • Pictures or images of different emotions (e.g. happiness, sadness, anger, fear, surprise)
  • Pencils and paper for note-taking


  • Have students stand up and spread out around the room. Give each student a pencil and a piece of paper. Ask them to draw a picture of how they feel right now, using the materials provided. After a few minutes, have students share their drawings with a partner.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of self-awareness and empathy by explaining that these are tools we can use to understand and relate to others.
  • Using examples from the warm-up activity, demonstrate how to identify and express different emotions using body language and words.
  • Explain the importance of recognizing and expressing emotions in a way that is respectful and considerate of others.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and give each group a set of emotion cards.
  • Have the groups take turns showing the emotion cards to their classmates and having them guess which emotion is being expressed.
  • Encourage the students to use descriptive words to describe the emotions they are seeing and to explain why they think that particular emotion is being expressed.
  • As a class, discuss the different emotions that were demonstrated and the reasons behind the expressions.

Independent Practice

  • Have the students choose one emotion to focus on for the activity.
  • Have them create a poster or presentation that illustrates the characteristics of the chosen emotion and explains how they show it to others.
  • Encourage the students to be creative and use their own words to describe the emotion and how they show it.


  • Have the students present their posters or presentations to the class.
  • Ask the students to share any new insights they gained about the emotion they focused on.


  • Observe the students during the independent practice activity and give them feedback on their ability to identify and express emotions.
  • Have the students complete a quiz or worksheet to assess their understanding of the emotion they studied.
  • Have the students complete a written reflection on what they learned about emotions during the lesson.

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