In my beginner class, we always start the lesson with a question. Feelings and emotions are usually taught the first week of school, in order for the children to be able to express themselves appropriately, so How are you? is typically one of the first questions.
We go through the various emotions: happy, sad, fine, okay, tired, angry, sick, hot and cold on the first day, and then I start adding in the more complicated emotions: worried, surprised, confused…etc. This year, I wanted to make it more hands on for the kids, so we used the iPads to take photos of ourselves showing the various emotions. I printed them and the following lesson they had to sort the pictures to match the words. It was really fun for them and has enabled them to have varying responses, other than ‘happy’.