When Mommy Was Mad
Context
In the book, emotions take tangible form in the illustrations: Mommy wears an apron with lightning zigzags, Daddy has a black cloud over his head.
Project
Children work in groups of three or more to dramatize a story, using icons that they create to express various emotions. One child narrates, one holds up the appropriate icon, and a third reacts with dramatic facial and body language when the icon is held up.
Application
Drama, art, social skills, emotional intelligence. Variations will occur to the teacher: can the class tell which story is being told if the narrator is silent? Later, this can be done as improvisational theater; a common scenario can be acted out from the playground or lunchroom. At a crucial point actors in the story can choose between various "emoticons."
Grade level
2-4
The process of looking over the icons and selecting one emphasizes that we have power to choose our reactions to various situations.
When Mommy Was Mad