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Possible learning activities

Warm-up 1

  • Establish a continuum of rainbow colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.)
  • Students can line up on the continuum according to the colour they most feel like today. 
  • Encourage students to explain why they feel that way and to acknowledge that their feelings are constantly changing.

Warm-up 2

  • Prepare enough feelings statement cards to provide one per student. For example, “I feel happy when …”, “I feel sad when …”, “I feel nervous when …”. Before this activity, students could brainstorm a range of feelings. 
  • Working around the class, or in small groups, each student orally completes their feelings statement. (For more warm-up activities, refer to Taking Action: Life Skills in Health Education, pages 24–26.)


  • On the board, write a variety of the feelings identified during the warm-up activity. With the class, establish a range of language that is acceptable to describe these feelings. 
  • Each student needs a piece of paper to record their feelings while listening to the following story. Read the story, pausing after each part to allow students time to write down how each situation would make them feel and why. They can identify more than one feeling for each situation.

Imagine that this is you.

  1. It’s Friday, and it’s my birthday. (Pause – students write down their feelings and the reasons for them.)
  2. My family gives me a really nice present, but it isn’t what I had asked for. (Pause)
  3. In form time, the whole class sings “Happy Birthday” to me. (Pause)
  4. I get my English assignment back. I got 50 percent. (Pause)
  5. At lunchtime, my basketball team wins the inter-house competition. (Pause)
  6. After school, I rush home to get ready for my party. On the way home, the boy or girl that I really like tells me that they are coming to my party. (Pause)
  7. My best friend arrives at my party holding hands with the boy or girl I really like. (Pause)
  8. Some of the kids arrive with alcohol. (Pause)
  9. They get drunk and start a fight. (Pause)
  10. During the party, I make a date to go to the movies tomorrow with the boy or girl I like. (Pause)
  • Form groups of three to four students and use the following questions to discuss their responses to the story.
    • Which feelings can be described as positive?
    • Which feelings can be described as negative?
    • If anyone had mixed feelings, what were they?
    • Why do different people have different feelings in similar situations?
    • Why might a person have a mixture of feelings about one situation?

Suggested learning outcome

Students will identify their feelings and express them appropriately (5A1.)


(particularly taha wairua and taha hinengaro.)

Developing self-awareness and acknowledging and expressing emotions.