Students practice sensory awareness and increase emotional literacy by identifying feelings.


  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to observe bodily sensations and increase emotional literacy by naming emotions experienced.
  2. Affective: Students will experience increased self-awareness and mind-body connection.


Journals, writing utensils, speakers, computer, music

Teacher Prep

Prepare audio set up.


Time Activity Notes
10 min Introduce students to the idea of mindful practices.

Ask students to close eyes. Instruct students to put one hand on their chest and one hand on their stomach.

Play music and ask students to listen to the music, pay attention to their breathing, and sense what they feel and hear.

Afterwards, ask students to open their eyes and write down three emotions they felt.

Option: Consider having students share emotion words to create a classroom bank.

Encourage students to focus on the body and how the music affects them.

Notice what sensations you might feel. Where do you feel sensations throughout the body?

10 min
  • Wrap up the activity by highlighting how being aware of sensations in the body can be empowering.
    • How can knowing how you feel affect your day?
Highlight using self-awareness throughout the day.

Review emotion words.

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback about the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have to make the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
  • Approach the exercise with curiosity

Auditory Cues: “Notice any changes in your body” “Notice what you feel and where you feel it”