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.
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.