Skills: Exploring Emotions

Skills: Exploring Emotions

Lesson 5 of 7 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Social and Emotional Learning
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Lesson summary

Students investigate how their emotions can impact their behaviour and discover strategies to assist with self-regulation, stress and decision-making. They will present their findings in the format of a podcast script to share with peers and the school community.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how emotions can influence choices and evaluate strategies to support their wellbeing.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • describe a range of emotions and the impact they can have on behaviour
  • give examples of strategies to help manage stressful situations
  • develop a podcast to present and share strategies to assist with emotional regulation.

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Lesson Plan
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Lesson details


  • Collaboration
  • Prototyping
  • Curiosity
  • Empathy
  • Digital literacy
  • Reflection
  • Creativity

Curriculum Mapping

Health and Physical Education – Years 7 and 8 – Personal, social and community health – Interaction with others:

  • Analyse factors that influence emotional responses and devise strategies to self-manage emotions (AC9HP8P06).

General Capabilities - Personal and Social Capability – Years 7 and 8 – Self-awareness:

  • Evaluate how emotional responses influence behaviour and consider the consequences of these responses.

General Capabilities – Personal and Social Capability – Years 7 and 8 – Self-management:

  • Manage emotional responses, designing strategies to self-manage in a range of contexts.

Syllabus outcome(PD4-6)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Resources Required

  • Podcast Planning worksheet
  • Five cones or masking tape
  • Butcher’s paper (1 per group)
  • Markers
  • Digital devices (ideally 1 per student)

Additional Info

This lesson has been created in collaboration with LifeChanger Foundation to support teachers to deliver high-quality Health and Physical Education, as well as Social and Emotional Learning experiences.

LifeChanger’s facilitated programs and workshops aim to empower young people (Year 5-12) to live thriving, resilient lives. For more information, visit

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