Our emotions group has been researching emotions, where emotions come from, whether they are good or bad. They decided to invite Earl, Claire's brother, Ellie and Niamh into class to share what they learned about emotions during their research into anxiety, depression and stress for Grade 5 Exhibition.
Shotaro: What are emotions?
Niamh: Feelings, opinions, how you express yourself.
Earl: Yes, how you express yourself.
Niamh: A reflex to something that happens to you.
Ellie: A reaction.
Shotaro: Why do we have emotions?
Niamh: It's just how we are.
Ellie: If you were depressed, for example, your whole brain would be blue. A healthy brain would be different colours.
Shotaro: How can emotions be good or bad?
Ellie: When you are depressed, you may not eat.
Earl: You might not do the things you like to do.
Niamh: You might just want to stay in your room all day. If someone asks you to do something, you might make an excuse and say you are sick or something. But really you just really don't want to do anything.
Ellie: You just want to be alone. And you probably don't want to talk about it to anyone, like your parents or anything.
Griff: Do you still play Lego or use your iPad?
Earl: Probably not.
Niamh: Well, you might, but you might not really enjoy it, and you might do it alone instead.
Earl: Anxiety is like an automatic thought. It's like you are afraid of something and it's probably never going to happen, but still you are afraid of it.
Niamh: Like you might think you are going to fall or something, even though there is almost no chance you will fall.
The good thing about emotions is they are natural.
Earl: Yes, they are natural.
Niamh: And they kind of help you understand.
Ellie: And if you didn't have emotions, you would just have nothing. You would feel like empty inside.
Earl: But if you have these kind of emotions, like depression, stress, anxiety, the best thing is to talk to someone about it. Like a school counsellor. A school counsellor would listen to you and give you advice and stuff.
Ellie: Or you could also talk to your parents.
Niamh: Or your teacher.
Earl: Or a big brother or sister.
Niamh: Or a really close friends. Basically, talk to anyone you trust.
When Ms Gammon's Grade 3 class heard about our inquiry, she said her class had also looked at emotions earlier in the year and had made a book together called "Keep Calm And Make a Choice". Lucas and Medea came in and shared it with us.
Keep Calm And Make A Choice
Keep calm and play games!
Keep calm and go for a walk outside.
Keep calm and sing.
Keep calm and eat ice.
Keep calm and play Minecraft.
Keep calm and eat ice cream.
Keep calm and run around.
Keep calm and count up.
Keep calm and talk to my friend.
Keep calm and play video games.
Keep calm and just do it!