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Your First Kimochis Lesson

You: “Everybody say Kimochis.” (KEY.MO.CHEEZ)

Students: KIMOCHIS!

You: “Look, you’re speaking Japanese.  Kimochis means feelings in Japanese.”

Students: Looking excited

You (holding Lovey) “Tomorrow, we are going to meet Lovey Dove and learn how to give friendly signals because friendly signals create friendly places and make us all feel like we matter and count.”

(later): Go to page 44 of the Curriculum and see how easy it is to integrate Kimochis into your day.  Skim the full lesson first and then just do each lesson one at a time.

Your First Kimochis Lesson

Materials:  Bowl/basket and feeling pillows, whiteboard

YOU:  “Everybody say Kimochis.” (KEY.MO.CHEEZ)

STUDENTS:  Kimochis

YOU:  “You just spoke Japanese.  Kimochis means feelings in Japanese.”

STUDENTS: Looking excited and curious

YOU: Ask your class if they are ready for their first Kimochis activity.

STUDENTS:  Rowdy excitement

YOU:  Invite your students to put the Kimochis characters back in the black bag and feeling pillows in the canvas bag and pass this to you so yu can play charades.

Take turns with students pulling feeling pillow one at a time and acting it out for the other’s to guess.  Students may need your help or can ask another student to join them to help act out the feeling or explain how one might get this feeling.

Once the feeling is guessed, have this student toss it in a bowl or basket. Explain that this bowl/basket is a tool they can go to when they want to figure out what they are feeling. (Keep feeling pillows out for easy access like we do with pencils and paper.)

Upon completion of charades, explain that you want to help your class build a BIG feeling vocabulary as having a big feeling vocabulary can help us become better readers, writers and communicators.

Create a feeling word wall in the corner of your whiteboard.  Inspired students to look for fun feeling words everywhere and bring them back to class to add to your word wall.  Begin your classes feeling word wall by throwing out a really fun word such as perplexed or elated.  Invite students to add words to the wall.  Together with your class take the Kimochis challenge and come up with a number of words you want to know by the end of the school year.

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