See “Worksheets” above for what you’ll need to print before getting started.
Invite students to choose a carriage, or hand these out. Ask them to write their names on the carriage and colour it in or decorate it. If you have time and are feeling creative, you might invite tamariki to add a photo or create their own carriages.
If you haven’t already, this would be a great time to pin the track to the wall.
Once tamariki have completed their carriages, ask:
- What types of emotions do you know?
Write these on the board and generate discussion by asking: how does it feel in your body when you have that emotion?
If you’re struggling to get much of a list, add some emotions from Plutnuk’s Wheel of Emotions, asking what they mean and how they feel.
Try to ensure the words are recognisable for your tamariki and mostly created by them. They can use colloquial, slang or Te Reo emotions eg ‘stoked’ or ‘wriggly’ or ‘whakamā’ or whatever they think best describes some of the emotions they feel.
When you have a decent list on the board, ask tamariki to write them into the spaces on your class rollercoaster. Perhaps ask tamariki to think about good spots to place the emotions – e.g. at the top of a loop, down the bottom – it really won’t matter for the activity but it’s a great chance to talk about the ‘feelings’ associated with emotions.
Let tamariki know that new emotions can be added at any time, so it won’t matter if we leave some empty for now.
Ask them to add their carriages to the emotional rollercoaster!
We recommend using your emotional rollercoaster to acknowledge what you're noticing about any emotions in the classroom. We advise not singling tamariki out about how they’re feeling, but instead making broad statements such as, “it seems we’re in a pretty good place right now”, or “woah, we’re a bit all over the place” and ask what might help? Or choose a Sparklers activity to help balance things and prepare tamariki for learning. Some tamariki might need a chance to have some quiet time, allow this if you can.
Oh, and make sure you have a carriage too!