What Makes Me Angry - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Anger is the feeling people get when something unfair, painful, or bad happens; feeling of displeasure

Discussion Points

  • Everyone feels anger.
  • It’s ok to feel angry.
  • Controlling your anger is what is most important.
  • You can learn coping skills to control your anger.

Discuss with students what anger is. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Situations

As a group discuss situations that might cause you to become angry. Record answers on the board.

Develop a list of warning signs our body gives us to let us know we are getting angry. Examples:

  • Your heart pounds
  • Your body temperature gets hot
  • Your heart pounds
  • Your hands ball up into fists
  • Shaking or trembling
  • You start to raise your voice
    • Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. If time, seek volunteers to share when all are finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Chalkboard
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Stand Up, Sit Down

Read each statement. Instruct the students if the statement makes them angry they should stand. If they disagree they should remain seated.

  • Being teased
  • Not getting to do what I want
  • When the room gets too noisy
  • Unfair rules
  • Being told no
  • Schoolwork
  • Not being first
  • Losing a game
Materials Needed:
  • Statements

Activity 3: Coping Cards

Explain to students that coping skills are strategies we use to help us calm down. Review the coping skills on student activity sheet B. Allow students to select the ones that they feel help them to calm down when angry. Students should be encouraged to cut these out and put them in a place that they can use them when they start to feel angry.

Examples: tape on students’ desk, put on lanyard, hold up as visual cue for student as needed.

Coping cards can be found at: https://www.silassolutions.com/files/Silas/Lessons/51.pdf

Materials Needed:

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script of dealing with anger appropriately:
Tori: Hey Anya I really wish I could go first in line today.
Anya: I’m sorry, it’s my day to go first.
Tori: (counts backwards from 10) Ok, maybe I can go first tomorrow.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts dealing with anger appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script of dealing with anger appropriately:
Tori: Hey Anya I really wish I could go first in line today.
Anya: I’m sorry, it’s my day to go first.
Tori: (counts backwards from 10) Ok, maybe I can go first tomorrow.

Example script of dealing with anger inappropriately:
Tori: Hey Anya I really wish I could go first in line today.
Anya: I’m sorry, it’s my day to go first.
Tori: (anger) No, I want to go first! (shoving Anya out of the way)

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

Read Aloud Recommendations:

Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Cool Down and Work Through Anger by Cheri J. Meiners
  • I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer
  • When I Feel Angry by Albert Whitman
  • The Very Frustrated Monster by Linda Urban
  • Mouse Was Mad by Cheri J. Meiners
  • When Miles Got Mad by Sam Kurtzman-Counter
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really, Angry by Molly Bang
  • I Hate Everything!: A book about feeling angry by Sue Graves
  • I Am So Angry, I Could Scream: Helping Children Deal with Anger by Laura Fox
  • Angry Octopus by Lori Lite

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Think of a time you were angry. Draw a picture to tell about that time.

I was angry when...

Draw or write the warning signs your body gives you when you are getting angry

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Choose the coping skills that help you calm down when angry. Create and color three of your own coping cards.

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the questions.

1. is the feeling people get when something unfair, painful, or bad happens; feeling of displeasure.

Excitement Anger Joy Worry