SONG DETAILS Age: 5 to 8 years Subject: Feelings Emotions Moods Genre: cool jazz Performer: 1 or 2-part choir Musical Range: D4 to A4 Downloads: vocal recording backing track piano/vocal score lyrics teacher notes
What I'm Feeling
How do we know what we're feeling?…think about it. It might seem obvious, but it does takes some thought. This song will help children look for the signs; some are physical, some are more subtle. By being able to recognise their feelings and emotions they will understand themselves - and others - better. To help convey the message, feelings are likened to external things such as the weather. See teacher notes below for more ideas.
There are 2 versions included: 2-part choir or a simple unison. Both suitable for children 5 to 8 years.
What I’m Feeling (lyrics) How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? Verse 1 When I’m happy I smile from ear to ear When I’m happy I want to give a cheer When I’m happy Like a sunny day When I go out to play
Verse 2 When I’m sad I let my head hang down When I’m sad I cry and wear a frown When I’m sad Everything seems grey The colours all fade away
How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? Verse 3 When I’m angry My heart will start to race When I’m angry I have a bright red face When I’m angry There’s a great big storm Growing inside of me
Verse 4 When I’m excited My eyes are bright and wide When I’m excited I feel like I could fly When I’m excited I jump up and down Like a young chimpanzee
How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? How do I know what I’m feeling? How do I know, I know? Verse 5 When I’m worried I lie awake in bed When I’m worried The thoughts go round my head When I’m worried Like a big black cloud Is covering up the sun
Verse 6 When I’m scared I might scream out loud When I’m scared Or be as quiet as a mouse When I’m scared My heart goes boom boom boom Pounding inside of me
That’s how I know what I’m feeling That’s how I know, I know That’s how I know what I’m feeling That’s how I know, I know
Teacher notes Write Your Own Verses 'What I'm Feeling' touches on six emotions; happiness, sadness, anger, excitement, worry and fear. There are of course many others. Once you have taught the song to your students, and everyone is familiar with the melody of the verses, why not try writing your own verse(s) with them.
The structure is simple: 1. When I'm…. 2. Da da da da da da 3. When I'm….. 4. Da da da da da da (rhymes with line 2) 5. When I'm….. 6. Da da da da da 7. Da da da da da dah
With the children, make a list of feelings,emotions and moods. For each one of these ask them how they would recognise it eg. facial expression, body language, behaviour. These answers form the lyrics for lines 2 and 4. Don't worry if it's too hard to make a rhyme.
Lines 6 and 7 generally focus on something 'outside' of ourselves that reminds us of how each emotion makes us feel. Like in verse 3 of the song, 'When I'm angry there's a great big storm growing inside of me.'
Once you've written new verses substitute them for the originals. You will need a total of 6 verses. You can still use the backing track of course to sing along with.
Actions There are plenty of opportunities for actions to accompany this song. Ask the children to suggest ideas how they might put actions to the verses. Almost every line provides a source of inspiration to add life, fun and drama to the song!
You may choose to divide the group into singers and doers and then reverse the roles each time.