4th Grade - 6th Grade
I often provide small group lessons to help students develop anger management strategies. Each small group gets 6 sessions. These lessons can easily be adapted for older or younger students.
If you need more sessions or perhaps more of a variety, here are some additional lessons for you to try:
A fun, light-hearted way to discuss angry thoughts and behaviors is through picture captions. I use Domo-Kun pictures. Students create their own captions and then discuss how Domo-Kun could respond differently.
Angry Birds (Extension)
Animal Projection Technique
Feelings and Food
"Partly Cloudy," as you can see in the trailer below, is about a world where clouds create little bundles of joy (babies, puppies, kittens, and other adorable creatures) for storks to deliver to loving homes. However, within this sugary sweet world lives a gloomier cloud who likes to create more unique and, at times, unappreciated gifts, such as sharks, crocodiles, and porcupines. This cloud's poor stork is visibly exhausted and falling apart at the seams. One day, the storm cloud's stork friend flies to a neighboring cloud - when old gloomy sees this, his thundering anger builds and his rain tears fall. But, have no fear! The weakened stork returns with a bundle of his own: a helmet and shoulder pads to help make the journeys easier.
So, how could a school counselor use this story? I think there are two excellent ways.
1. The storm cloud has a hard time expressing his feelings, so this movie could spark discussion on how to positively manage strong emotions.
2. Sometimes students who are outside the mainstream are confused why the general population doesn't reach out to be their friend. I think "Partly Cloudy" could help these students reflect on the importance of the quality of their friends vs. the quantity. Being unique is great, but it can also make it more challenging to find great friend matches. It's hard being friends with someone you don't have anything in common with, so naturally, if you think and act outside the box, then you'll have fewer great friends at your disposal. Therefore, you need a plan for how to seek out the right peers.
I created two workpages (below) that could help students organize their thoughts and create a plan of action for finding and developing positive friendships.