A5@M0 – DEALING WITH EMOTIONS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


Aim

On completion of this activity, children will be able:

  • to reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on human emotions
  • to identify the main feelings and emotions that they have experienced
  • to engage in critical thinking
  • to understand others better by imagining how things look from their perspective

Source of the activity

Contributed by Cornelia Melcu (Free-to-speak-safe-to-learn)

Competences targeted by the activity

  • Civic-mindedness
  • Self-efficacy
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Empathy
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the self
  • Knowledge and critical understanding of the world

Overview

Materials

  • Videos about emotions and feelings10
  • An online brainstorming tool11. In the case of young children, the teacher can prepare the poll in advance
  • A story about how people come together, find creative solutions to difficult problems, and overcome adversity during the epidemic

Step-by-step instructions

  • Show a short video about emotions and feelings in the children’ own language. The video should show the feelings and emotions through animated pictures and scenes that help children understand feelings better and express them correctly. Make sure that the video is from an official or authoritative source.
  • Brainstorming: Ask the children to think about an emotion or feeling they have had during the pandemic. The answers should be collected on a whiteboard or using an online tool.
  • Ask the children to:
    • identify from the list 3 emotions or feelings they consider to be positive;
    • identify from the list 3 emotions or feelings they consider to be negative;
    • think why they assigned the emotions or feelings to the positive or negative category.
  • Instigate a sense-making discussion by providing questions where the children can process critical events connected to the Covid-19 pandemic at an emotional level. To do this, the following questions may be used, together with any others that are judged to be useful for stimulating the children’s thinking:
    • How did you feel during the lockdown?
    • Why did you feel like that?
    • Have you talked to someone about that?
  • Tell a story about how people come together, find creative solutions to difficult problems, and overcome adversity during the pandemic. Talking about these stories can be healing and reassuring to children and adults alike.
  • Summarise the main ideas of the story about how it is important to keep together and to be responsible in order to keep other people and the community safe and healthy. Explain to the children that the responses to stressful events are unique and varied, and how other people can help by showing empathy and patience.

Debriefing and Evaluation

  • Hold a debriefing session based on some of the following questions:
    • What kind of experience was it for you to identify the emotions and feelings you experienced during the pandemic? For example, was it easy or difficult? What sorts of things did you think about when you were deciding which one to choose?
    • Has anything changed in your thinking after you found out which emotions and feelings your friends had identified during this activity?
    • What have you learned about yourself as a result of doing this activity?
    • What have you learned about the world as a result of doing this activity?


10 https://youtu.be/7uY2HrQ9qQ8

11 https://answergarden.ch

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