A Range of Emotions

Scripture: Exodus 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Moses’ early life as God prepared him to lead the Israelites.
  • Students will learn and practice using basic terminology for emotions.

Guiding Question: How do we express our emotions?

Materials: marker, small cube box, emotion picture cards (optional)

Procedure: Review the introduction story of Moses emphasizing the many emotions that accompanied his ups and downs in life: fear of being killed, joy of being rescued, anger over slavery, relief of being accepted by Zipporah’s family, etc.

Review basic sentences and words that students would use to convey emotions.

I am feeling…
How do you feel?
Happy, sad, tired, sleepy, angry, scared, surprised, etc.

Prewrite one emotion word on each side of a cube shaped box. This will be the giant die. One person rolls the die and reads the emotion it lands on. Then everyone in the group shows that expression with their face and body language. The person who rolled is the judge to see who had the best expression. The roller asks the person with the best expression how they feel using the sentence frame, “How do you feel?” The person answers with the sentence frame, “I feel…” Then they take a turn and the game continues.

Additional Questions:

  • What are some other words they show feeling?
  • How can negative feelings such as sadness and fear bring us closer to God?

Supplemental Activities:

  • For more advanced students, write scenarios/events on the cube for students to roll. Students can play the game as before, but also explain why they reacted with the feeling as they did.
  • Students can keep a feelings journal for a day and write the different feelings they experience. This can be one sentence for the thing that caused the feeling and one word to label the feeling. Encourage them to use this awareness to pray. If they feel happiness, thank God. If they are scared, ask for His help, etc.

Written by: Savannah Negas