Click on to the SPS Family Ruler Website to learn more about Ruler strategies. Below is information about the Mood Meter.
The Mood Meter is a tool used to recognize and understand our own and other peoples’ emotions. It’s divided into four color quadrants – red, blue, green, and yellow – each representing a different set of feelings. Feelings are grouped together on the mood meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.
Red feelings: High in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)
Blue feelings: Low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)
Green feelings: Low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed)
Yellow feelings: High in energy and more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)
Here’s a Mood Meter Introduction Video to learn more.
Why recognize feelings?
Helping students recognize feelings helps them understand how feelings impact decisions and behaviors. It’s also the first step in helping students develop empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of another person.
Below is a list of family activities to put the Mood Meter into practice at home!
- Parent-Child Conversations Using the Mood Meter
- Printable Mood Meter Brochure (English)
- http://rulercommunity.yale.edu/ruler-mood-meter-brochure-pdf-families/Printable Mood Meter Brochure (Spanish)
- http://rulercommunity.yale.edu/ruler-mood-meter-brochure-pdf-spanish-version/Mood Meter Song (early elementary/pre-k)
- Mood Meter Cheat Sheet simple descriptions and photos of each quadrant’s characteristics
- RULER Bookmark questions to ask children while reading aloud (pre-k or elementary)
- Using RULER to make sense of emotions
- Parent Child Mood Meter Worksheet
- http://rulercommunity.yale.edu/parent-child-mood-meter/Dinner Table Discussions, Movie Prompts, Shared Journals (elementary or middle school)
- Video to watch together: Mood Meter Overview Animation (upper elementary/middle school)