Understanding Emotions – A Drama Lesson Plan for Year 2



In this lesson plan students will be exploring how people sound, look and act when they are feeling particular emotions. Students will use masks to transform their body and/or voice to create characters in particular situations. This lesson was created for a Year 2 class.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Drama (Foundation to Year 2):

  • Use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish role and situation (ACADRM028)
  • Present drama that communicates ideas, including stories from their community, to an audience (ACADRM029)
  • Communicating verbally by using the voice to explore and show emotion and situation (2.2.1).
  • Communication non-verbally by using facial expression and movement to show situation (2.2.2).


  • Welcome students to the classroom with an emotion mask on and using the particular voice and mannerisms.
  • Students will brainstorm how to voice and act emotions (choose only a few).
  • Brainstorm where and when people feel each emotion.
  • Hand students the masks, they are to draw two of the emotions from the brainstorm as best they can. They cut out their masks and tape it to the paddle pops.
  • Students pack away the stationary.
  • Students choose a mask, group with others that have that same emotion (use other masks if no students have created the same emotion group).
  • In groups students come up with a 1 minute situation/scene where everybody would be feeling that emotion (if groups are too big, spilt up). Ensure all students have a part to play.
  • Students perform the scenes for the class.
  • After students perform, audience members will decide how they would react if that scene was real life.
  • If there is sufficient time, use the other mask and perform another scene.


  • Students sit in a circle and make one comment about one thing they learnt today, they have the right to pass, but remind students it is safe environment.



  • Masks for each student (extras for mistakes).  Emotions Mask Template
  • Colouring pencils and pens
  • Paddle pop sticks and sticky tape (extra tape and paddle pops)
  • Teacher’s phone/class iPad/Arts camera to record students for assessment.
  • Butchers paper for brainstorm



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