RECOGNIZE AND USE FACIAL EXPRESSIONS 1.7
Goal: To improve initial social skills
1. The student will recognize facial expressions for happy, sad, mad, glad, scared, etc.
2. The student will use facial expressions for happy, sad, mad, glad, scared, etc.
1. Watch the person's facial expression.
2. Decide how the other person is feeling.
3. Use appropriate facial expression for the situation.
Definition: Identify basic facial expression for students (happy, mad, sad, etc.). Use facial expression to convey your mood.
Rationale: Discuss how body language can be a valuable way to gain information.
• Discuss how others may misread what you are trying to say if the wrong facial expression is used.
• See also "Using Body Language to Communicate" and "Identifying and Expressing Feelings".
• Discuss when people use facial expressions (all the time when they talk).
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Cut pictures from magazines which show facial expressions. Students collaborate in making collages for different feelings.
• Play "Facial Charades" acting out feelings and expressions. Video tape.
• Write various events on paper (you get a puppy, lose a tooth, smell smoke, etc.) and place them in a hat/bowl. Students draw paper and act out appropriate emotional response.
• Have students draw pictures of their faces in various moods.
• Teacher can model inappropriate use of facial expressions. Students identify what is wrong.
Application with Feedback
• Watch a TV segment with no sound. Students guess the feeling and dialogue from the facial expressions. Teacher can post collages for reference.
• Arrange for a clown to come to a class party and demonstrate various expressions.
• Have students look at a "clown picture" book or Sports Illustrated, etc. and identify feelings.
• Have students fill in blank clown faces with identified feeling as art project.
• Have students fill in dialogue and/or draw face on incomplete illustration.
• Prepare desk chart of facial expressions. Students use pictures as cues.
• Students are assigned "observer" role for set time (10 min.) and watch in an area (principal's office, cafeteria, child care center, etc.) for various facial expressions, completing checklist.