Emojis and feelings

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How important do the children think that facial expressions are? Can the children look at a range of emojis with you and decide what emotion each emoji expresses. 

Share a range of target language phrases that express these possible emotions in the target language.Ask the children with a partner to link the emoji pictures and the phrases.Take feedback.Does the class agree with individual pairs?

Show a short clip of World Faces- and ask the children to look at the faces and see the expressions .Select faces to pause the video and investigate the emotion in the picture.

Ask the children to draw an emoji and write a target language matching expression for the face when you have pause the video

Can some of the children say their written phrases to the class and create the face and actions that go with the phrase. 

Share a short clip of the Marcel Marceau Mask Maker video and ask the children as they watch to decide which phrases they have been practising may best suit the facial expressions they see in the masks that Marcel Marceau creates with his face.

Ask the children to create a 21st Century version of mask making story – an emoji story. Can the children draw “emojis” for each target language phrase they want to say in the order they want to say these phrases? Can a partner identify and say the phrases represented by the emojis?

 Ask the children to create their own “emoji” charts ( emojis and phrases) in the order they think reflect the change in mood and emotions from very happy to very sad.

Additional activities to use alongside these ideas can be accessed by Primary Languages Network member schools.Find out more details here