Happiness is a choice that every person can make every day. It's a powerful message that can be taught even to the youngest learners. In this lesson, Grade 1 students discover how exactly they can choose to be happy as they explore the interconnectedness of their thoughts, actions, and feelings.
The lesson begins with a review of what self-concept means and why having a positive self-concept is important. A class discussion on the difference between positive and negative follows, setting the foundation for the rest of the lesson. Then, the students are introduced to the positive and negative Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circles.
"In this lesson, Grade 1 students discover how exactly they can choose to be happy as they explore the interconnectedness of their thoughts, actions, and feelings."
The beauty of this lesson is that it empowers young learners with the knowledge that they have the power to choose which Circle they are in. Here, they learn examples of what it's like to be in the Happy Thoughts-Feelings-Actions Circle and how positive actions, such as helping a friend or saying kind words, lead to positive feelings about themselves.
To reinforce the lesson concepts, the students participate in an engaging SEL activity where they fill in the blanks with a positive thought, the positive action it leads to, and the resulting feeling about themselves. This activity helps them visualize how they can create positive outcomes in their lives.
Finally, the students are introduced to the Positive Behavior Plan and Positive Behavior Celebration, which are tools to help them stay in the positive circle and develop a sense of ownership and accountability for their actions.
First graders gain essential skills that can serve them well for a lifetime through this lesson. By understanding that they have control over their own happiness, they become empowered to make choices that lead to a joyful and fulfilling existence.