Topic 2 Guessing Emotions

Ask individual players to choose an emotion from the list we linked to topic 1. Instruct them not to tell their team­mates which emotion they’ve chosen. Have players, one by one, model the body language that reflects that emotion.

While players are modeling emotions, ask their teammates to look for clues to help them guess the emotion that’s being modeled. Remind players that it’s not always easy to figure out people’s feelings, and reiterate that not everyone experiences or shows emotions the same way.

Here’s a sample script you can use:

“Now, I need two volunteers to show a couple more emotions. You can show us an emotion from this list or you can show us a completely different emo­tion. Don’t tell us what the emotion is right away. We’re going to guess. We may not get it right, but that’s okay. That’s why we practice thinking about other people’s feelings whenever we can. After we’ve had a few tries, I’d like you to tell us the make-believe reason why you are feeling that emotion.”