Song: If you're happy and you know it - feelings

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In this lesson, your children will sing and act out different instructions (TPR). They will also express their feelings. Are you happy? Clap your hands!

The song is from the YouTube channel SuperSimpleSongs. I first saw the running game at Harbour IBSR in Rotterdam. Thank you  for sharing!

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Content aims

  • 1 Experience different movements.
  • 2 Distinguish different emotions.
  • 3 Experience working cooperatively.

Language aims

  • 1 Name parts of the body.
  • 2 Recognise and act out emotion words.
  • 3 Understand and give simple instructions to move.


  • Link to Super Simple Songs video:
  • Emoticons of faces that are happy, sad, angry, scared and sleepy

Words and structures for the children

1. Language of learning

Lexical groupWords and structures
Parts of the bodya hand - hands, a foot – feet, my / the happy face
Movementsclap, stamp / stomp, say (Oh no!), take a nap, smile
Feelingshappy, sad, angry, scared, sleepy
StructureIf you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.


NrStepsWhat you could say as a teacher
1AIMS Sit in a circle. Tell the children you’re going to talk about feelings today.Let’s sit in a circle. Today we’re going to talk about feelings.
2ACTIVATE THE LANGUAGE Revise the feelings. Ask the children to face you, listen and repeat, watch and copy you.Feelings are [point to the parts of your body] in your heart, and in your head, and in your body. Look at my face. I smile. I am happy. Happy, happy, happy. Now you smile! Great! I can see some big smiles. Wow. Fantastic. Can we all say: I’m happy, happy, happy? Let’s clap and say: I’m happy, happy, happy. Oh no, now, I’m sad. I am soooo sad. Look at my face. I’m crying, because I’m sad. Can you cry, too? Can we all say: I’m sad, sad, sad? Let’s clap and say: I’m sad, sad, sad. Continue with: angry [and stomp your feet], scared [and say Oh, no!] and sleepy [and take a nap.]
3ACTIVATE THE CONTENT You can choose to do this part of the lesson in Dutch. Ask the children how they are feeling now. Put five emoticons / faces in different corners of the room. Ask one child how they feel. They show their feelings by walking towards the correct face. Then ask a few more children to choose the correct face.Anne, how are you feeling today? Can you show us? I can see a smile on your face. Are you happy? Good to hear. So where is the ‘happy’ face? Can you find the ‘happy’ face? Stand next to the ‘happy’ face.
4ACTIVATE MORE LANGUAGE Teach the children to act out the movements. Instruct the children what to do, act it out yourself and ask the children to copy you. Next, just give the instructions. You can start slowly by saying you are sleepy and speed up later.We’re going to play a game. I’m going to give you an instruction. I’m going to show you what to do and you’re also going to act it out. For example, I say, stomp your feet. Then I’m going to stomp my feet [stamp your feet] and you’re going to stamp your feet. Okay? Do we all know what to do? Let’s do it. [Do several instructions.]
5INPUT Listen to the Super Simple Song version of “If you’re happy and you know it …” at Encourage the children to act out the movements. Then play it again and ask them to sing along.Let’s listen to the song. Do what the song tells you to do. Here we go. Let’s listen again and sing along.
6PRACTICE Go to a large space. Make four groups and give the groups names. Group 1 = happy. Group 2 = sad. Group 3 = angry. Group 4 = sleepy. Put the five emoticons in five different places in the room (in a large circle). Each group needs to stand next to the correct emoticon / face. One emoticon is ‘empty’. Name a feeling: that group repeats after you. Then say you are going to play a game. You are going to name a feeling. The group, of the emotion you name, needs to run to the empty spot. Name another feeling. That group needs to run to the spot that is now empty. Continue till all the groups have run across the room several times. Finally, ask each group which emoticon they are standing next to.Let’s go to the gym. Make a nice row. Stand in line please. Hold hands and walk to the gym. Remember to be quiet, the other children are working. Here we are! Please sit next to each other with your back against the wall. I’m going to put the ‘happy’ face over here, and the ‘sad’ face here. The ‘angry’ face is here, here’s the ‘sleepy’ face and number five is the ‘scared’ face. I want four groups. Group 1 is happy: I want you, you, you and you to stand here, next to the ‘happy’ face. [Do the same with the other three groups]. [Point to a group] So, which group are you? [The group answers, Happy!] And you? [Do all groups like this.] Let’s play a game. You can see that there is nobody here, there is nobody standing next to the ‘scared’ face. The place’s empty. I’m going to say a word, for example ‘happy’, and then the happy group is going to run to the empty place. The whole group should run together, okay? Shall we try it? Happy! [The happy group runs to the empty spot.] Run, happy group, run! [Continue.] Okay, let’s stop for a minute. [Point to a group.] What emotion is your face showing? Can you show us and tell us? ‘Scared’! Yes, your face is ‘scared’. And this group? [Do all groups like this.] Shall we play again? Thank you very much. Give me the ‘happy’ face please. Make a nice row here, so we can return to class.
7ASSESSMENT Repeat the instructions and ask the children to act them out. Check if they understand the instructions. If not, re-teach next time.I’d like you to show me what you know. So I’m going to say stomp your feet and you …[the children stomp their feet. Continue with the other instructions.] We’ll play it again tomorrow. Okay?

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