Minds On

Do you understand?

Explore the poem about A Little Hermit Crab and think about how the poem makes you feel.

‘A Little Hermit Crab’


How did this poem make you feel?

Why did the poem make you feel that way?

Choose one of these questions about this poem and be ready to share your ideas:

  • Were there words used in this poem that made you feel a certain way?
  • How did the person feel who was sharing this poem? How do you know?
  • If you were going to share this poem, would you make any changes? What would they be?


Experiencing emotions

Task 1: Our different emotions

Let’s create a list of different emotions we experience, like happy and sad. You can record your list using a method of your choice.

Our emotions

Now it is your turn! Use a different emotion each time you make two of these statements. Try it three times.

  • Yes, you can play with me.
  • That was fun.
  • I’d like to try that.
  • That was so helpful!

What did you notice about the meaning of the message when you changed the expression you used? What did you notice about how it was written?

Task 2: Discussing emotions

Explore the following emotions. As you click on each emotion, state the emotion either out loud with a partner, or in a recording.

Four children are jumping excitedly with arms in the air

A child sitting head in hands on the floor next to a bed. There is a wooden dresser in the background.

A peaceful and calm boy with closed eyes

A group of children smiling happily



Choose one of these emotions and think about how you express and/or experience it.

  • Choose two of these prompts to help guide you:
    • How might your voice change? Is it louder or softer?
    • What facial expressions might you be using? Are you smiling?
    • What words might you speak or write?
    • How are you feeling the emotion?
  • Can you think of a time you felt this emotion? How did you express it?


How do you do it?

How do people communicate a message with feelings when they are not with the other person?

Create the message that you want to share, how you want to share it, AND the feeling you want to communicate with that message.

Choose from the following lists to create your own message or you can create your own message.

Type of Communication Audience Possible messages

A phone message

A video message

A text message

A letter

An email

Family member


Teacher or coach



Share something exciting

Share something that is making you nervous

Share happy news

Share something that has made you sad

Here is a checklist of the things you want to include:

How are you going to record your message?


How do you feel about what you have learned in this activity? Which of the next four sentences best matches how you are feeling about your learning? Press the button that is beside this sentence.

I feel...

Now, record your ideas about your feelings using a voice recorder, speech-to-text, or writing tool.

Press ‘Discover More’ to extend your skills.

Let’s return to the hermit crab poem in the Minds On section.

"A Little Hermit Crab"

Practice performing this poem in different ways. Change your volume, tone, and pitch, or change the way the words are written each time.

When you have found a way to perform this poem that makes you happy, record your own version or perform it out loud to someone else.