Behavior Check-In Activity

Provide your students the opportunity to take an “emotional inventory” and share it with the class.

This quick behavior check-in activity is designed to be used at the beginning of your class to check in on your students' social and emotional health.


The use of a metaphor gives both a visual richness as well as a safety device for communicating moods and feelings.

Beyond numbers from 0-10, there’s a wide range of metaphorical prompts that your students can use to inspire their daily “inventory.” Consider using colors, shells, rocks, sculpting wire and clay, watercolor paintings, transportation vehicles, animals, flowers, ice cream flavors: whatever works for you!

Consistent practice with this behavior check-in tool provides individual students with a sense of calm and control while assisting the entire group in centering, focusing, and understanding each other.