Emotions are infectious to others. People often mimic the emotional environment they are surrounded by.

The emotions worksheets are here to help students learn more about their inner selves. These worksheets will start by helping students identify emotions of others through facial expressions and a mood or tone that they can observe. We then move on to explore our own feelings by trying to understand how the action of others affects us. We encourage students to write about their experiences in a personal setting. As we progress, we attempt to elicit some deep feeling into their state of mind when others affect their self-image and we help students form solid reflections of themselves.

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Printable Emotion Worksheets

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What's the Feeling Worksheet

What's the Feeling?

Study each face. Write 3 words to describe how each is feeling.

What's the Feeling Worksheet

Identifying Feelings

An example question: Your dad takes you out for ice cream after soccer practice. How do you feel?

Listening to Others Worksheet

How Does it Feel When Someone Says...

You will rate how a situation makes you feel in a wrong of emotions that are shown as facial expressions.

When You Felt Worksheet

Write About a Time When You Felt...

These are very unique writing prompts. You will describe the situation that you were in when you experienced these emotions.

How Ya Doing Worksheet

How Ya Doing?

Look at each picture. Write 3 or 4 words to describe how each person is feeling.

How Does it Feel Worksheet

How Does it Feel?

Helen really enjoys baking, and she's very good at it. Everyone enjoys her cookies, donuts, and cupcakes. She feels confident in her baking abilities, so she enters a baking contest at the State Fair.

Reflecting on Emotions Worksheet

Reflecting on Emotions

Choose one of the prompts and write your response. What led up to you feeling this emotion? What feeling did this emotion cause you?

Recognizing Emotions Worksheet

Recognizing Emotions Worksheet

For each picture your teacher shows you, write 3 or 4 feeling/emotion words to describe how you think the person is feeling.

Body Language Worksheet

Feelings and Body Language

Look more closely at the picture. Are the man and the woman also experiencing emotions that are different?

How Do You Feel Worksheet

How Do You Feel About It?

Read each situation. Answer the questions. Then color the thermometer to show how you would feel.

Emotion/Feeling Words Worksheet

Emotion/Feeling Words

Look at each face. Write 3 emotion/feeling words to describe the emotion on each face.

Read and Respond Worksheet

Body Language

Your mom is getting ready to leave on a business trip, so you and your dad take her to the airport. Look at the picture of your mom.

Positive and Negative Emotions Worksheet

Positive and Negative Emotions

Look at each picture. Is the person feeling a positive or negative? Write positive or negative on the line.

Basic Emotions Worksheet

The 6 Basic Emotions

20th century psychologist Paul Ekman identified six basic emotions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise.

Picturing Emotions Worksheet

Picturing Emotions

Draw a picture to show how you think Jane is feeling in each situation.

How To Identify Emotions and Feelings of Others

Understanding the difference between negative and positive feelings is difficult for some children. We obviously would rather have more positive feelings. If we have a negative feeling, we can evaluate the reason for this, and we can easily find a way back toward not being bothered by it. Often speaking to others about our emotions is the best way to work out emotions. If you find yourself in a situation where you do not feel safe or scared it is important to seek out a trusted adult to help you work through this.

People react differently to all types of things. Ride a roller coaster lately? Some people find it exhilarating and other fear it to both extremes. As long as our surroundings change, so do our emotions. Feeling are, to some extent, predictable and we should be aware of this. When we put an action out into the world, it will make others feel a certain way that we can foresee. We feel sad when some picks on us. We feel happy when play in the schoolyard. There is nothing wrong with having feelings. What matters most is what we do with these feelings and understand why we have a certain feeling. When we feel an intense emotion, it is because of a chemical that is released from our brains.

As a teacher, it is natural to want to know how your students feel. This desire helps to make your communication and interactions better. However, sometimes it can be difficult for you to identify people's emotions. 

Here’s how to identify emotions and feelings of others:

  • Listen attentively.
  • Focus on their facial expressions.
  • Pay attention to body language.
  • Develop your awareness.

Everyone expresses themselves differently, so it's good that you know how to navigate each emotional landscape. This article will show you how to pick up on the feelings of others, regardless of the words they say.

1. Listen Attentively

You might have expected visual signals to be the best way of recognizing these emotions, but research shows that it's best to listen more than you look. 

Here’s how you can listen attentively and ascertain the emotion of the person speaking:

  • Tone: You can discern between a "Hello" from a place of fear and one from joy by focusing on what tone the speaker uses. Harsh or dry tones usually indicate negative emotions like anger, disgust, or boredom, and lighter tones show calmness, friendliness, and warmth.
  • Rate: The speed with which people speak often depends on how they feel. Someone excited might rush through their words with little pauses. 
  • Pitch: People vary the loudness of their voices to convey different emotions. An older child speaking to you might talk loudly to show annoyance or softly for affection. 

The more you listen, the more you'll be able to tell the intention behind what your students say.

2. Focus on Their Facial Expressions

Our faces often mirror how we feel, which is why specific brain parts deal with facial recognition. No matter where you are in the world, there are basic emotions that everyone shows, such as anger, happiness, surprise, fear, anger, and disgust. Other emotions are shown through alterations of these six basic emotions. 

How can you tell what each face says?

  • Concentrate on the eyes: A child blinking at you more than usual might be shy towards you. You can also maintain eye contact to see how others respond. 
  • Concentrate on the rest of the face: The lips, brows, cheeks, and nose can also tell much about others.
  • Try to understand emotional contexts: To become good at reading emotions, you must learn to pick up on facial cues. 

3. Pay Attention to Body Language

How people feel is not always found in their face and voice. Some people try to hide their emotions by faking facial expressions or sounding different, and to read them, you must examine the rest of their body and see if it matches what is up there. 

Two things to observe:

  • Posture: You might notice slumped shoulders in a sad child or a very upright stance indicating tension or alertness.
  • Body movement: People make subconscious gestures even when inactive, such as foot-tapping, which shows nervousness. It's also important to note that some movements are peculiar to specific groups of people. 

4. Develop Your Awareness

Practice is required to become good at anything you do, and this skill is no different. To build your emotional awareness:

  • Trust your intuition.
  • Ask questions when you're unsure.
  • Observe more people.
  • Be compassionate to others.


Recognizing what people feel is a skill that will always come in handy. To master this skill, however, you must observe more than usual. 

Here are some things you should do to identify the emotions of others:

  • Listen carefully to how they talk.
  • Be attentive to their facial expressions and examine how their bodies react.
  • Develop your emotional awareness through constant observation.