Lesson Plan

Mood Masks

Emoticons of varying facial expressions

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Fourth Grade
Art, Social Studies
45 - 60 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 24
National/State Standards:
Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts.
Creative Expression and Communication.


Creating visual representations of a range of emotions.


Students will be able to create visual representations of a range of emotions.

Visual Art Standard: Historical, Cultural and Social Contexts
Benchmark: Recognize and describe visual art forms and artworks from various times and places.

Visual Art Standards: Creative Expression and Communication
Benchmark: Demonstrate knowledge of visual art materials, tools, techniques, and processes by using them expressively and skillfully. 


Materials for this plan include construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, crayon, string, fabric pieces, craft materials, copies of Paul Laurence Dunbar's We Wear the Mask.



The success of this project can be ascertained through the quality of the artwork. The instructor can also ask a series of questions regarding the objectives of the lesson to determine how well students have comprehended the material.

Alternatively, the rubric below can be used to rate each child's performance during the working period. 

Art Rubric  
Category  Possible Points  Earned Points 
Craftsmanship 20   
Time on Task  20   
Following Assignment Guidelines  20   
Use of Materials  20   
Clean Up  20   

Park Connections

Social Studies – The group could examine the use of totems in Native American and other cultures.


Mask forms can be cut and ready for use before the project begins. Simple shapes can also be cut and made available. Students could also use pictures from magazines to make features on their masks.

Additional Resources

Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Crafty Masks, by Thomasina Smith

Hour of Freedom: American History in Poetry, compiled by Milton Meltzer

Making Masks, by Renee Schwarz

Making Masks, by Violane Lamerand

Masks!, by Alice Flanagan Masks

Tell Stories, by Carol Gelber 



Last updated: February 19, 2016