Thursday, July 16, 2015

Inside Out

I'm so excited about all the lessons and ideas that this movie is inspiring counselors around the country to create.  I follow a national Elementary Counselor Exchange on Facebook and this movie has had its share of postings all summer.  I think if you follow any type of counselor blog, Pinterest, or Facebook Exchange you will be set for half of your groups and lessons for the year! I was very excited about the movie poster that is currently being sold at Walmart.  I bought one for my office and one for my guidance classroom.  If you haven't picked one up, they still have plenty, $4.98 for the poster and $8.82 for the frame.  The poster fits perfectly no trimming required.

The characters were a great buy at Walmart too!  They cost $8.88 each and they are a good size.   The only problem is, quantities are very limited and you may find yourself driving to a few Walmarts to get your collection.  I personally drove to four yesterday, but I was successful!

Inside Out Mood Board
I also found this adorable idea on the counselor exchange. Just another great way to have students scale their feelings.  I just hope I can make it! ;)

Feelings Worksheet
This feelings worksheet would work well with small group or an individual counseling session. I like it because you can bring in your Kimochis (if you have them), and it is just another good tool to help students expand their vocabulary when expressing feelings.

Inside Out Emotions Flash Cards
I also found these cute flash cards on a "Mommy" Blog. The possibilities are endless with these.  She lists some cute ideas on her blog.  I thought of making a matching activity with the Kimochi's characters, using the small feelings pillows as well as the larger characters. After reading a brief description of cat, bug, huggtopus, etc., students can match the character to the (Inside Out) feeling they share the most characteristics with. The Kimochi's posters below have very brief descriptions of the larger characters, but it gives you an idea of how it may work.  Then you can take it a step further and have them relate it to themselves.  I mostly feel like _____________ because _________________.
Three things I can do to help me cope (see worksheet).  I put an outline of a brain (yes, if you attended my anxiety presentation it is the same one from happy/worry brain) so that they can fill it with the things that are making them mad, sad, scared, etc... Even though they are writing a brief statement, I think drawing pictures or a symbol of what is making them have those feelings is also very helpful in helping them cope with their feelings.

I hope everyone is having a WONDERFUL summer, I know I am! Time with my family is the best time of all! I cherish these lazy daze of summer and don't take one moment for granted with my boys. They are growing up so fast it makes my heart hurt!


  1. Love this post! I'm starting two emotions groups, one with 2nd graders and one with 4th graders. This will be very useful!

    1. I'm glad you found it helpful! Good luck with your groups!