Monthly Archives: June 2015

Inside Out Lessons

There really is no way for me to take off my “teacher hat” during the summer. Like I wrote in my last post, I do set myself boundaries. I take a break from lesson planning and curriculum designing. But ideas for school will always pop into my head. When I’m on vacation in Florida I make a side trip to Kennedy Space Center to take some pictures to share with my students during our astronomy unit. When I’m at the zoo with friends I’m writing scavenger hunt questions for the field trip I’ll take with my students in the fall. And seeing movies is no exception.

Yesterday I saw Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. I thought it was adorable! And my mind was running a million miles a minute thinking about how I could use this story to teach my kids about how to be aware of and talk about their emotions.


My teacher friend Megan and I were talking about all the different lesson ideas we came up with after seeing the movie. Here is my list so far:

*I LOVE how at the end of the movie the memories are made up of multiple colors/emotions, not just one. For a lesson, I would have the kids think of a memory that contains more than one emotion: joy, sadness, disgust, fear, or anger. It could be a good beginning of the year ice breaker having them come up with a summer memory.

*In the movie, the core memories are what drive Riley, the main character’s, personality. I could have my kids come up with a few of their own core memories and then they could share with the class so we can get to know each other.

*I also know I want to get stuffies of all the emotions for my classroom, but I’m not quite sure yet what I want to do with them. Any ideas for me?


*I talk to my kiddos a lot about how we can’t control what other’s do, we can only control our reactions to them. I use the play dough vs. rock lesson from this website: The blogger explains that Rock problems are stable and unable to be changed or manipulated. Play-Dough Problems can be changed, formed, shaped, and shared. So connecting that to Inside Out, it’s okay if someone does something to make you angry because you can’t control that, but then what are you going to do with that anger? That’s your choice.

images*Bing Bong is a fantastic character. He was Riley’s imaginary friend when she was younger. I would love to use him somehow to promote imagination and creativity among my students. The Director of Inside Out calls Bing Bong “the spirit of childhood.” There is an excellent article I came across about how Bing Bong, the imaginary friend, is the greatest of all Disney Pixar characters. In terms of imagination, I’m also a big fan of the character Figment from the Journey into Imagination ride at Epcot. Here is his ride:

Figment Dragon

*This would be a fun clip from the movie to show my students on the First day of school:

*inside out worksheets Here are some worksheets I started to throw together to go with some of these lesson ideas.

Anyone else seen Inside Out yet? What did you think? Any lesson ideas for me?