I read 1st graders for the book When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang. We talked about things that make us angry, such as when somebody pushes in line, when someone takes my crayons, when someone will not play with me, etc.
While reading the book we talked about "okay" and "not okay" behaviors that Sophie was doing. I asked students to give me a "thumbs up" for "okay" behaviors and a "thumbs down" for "not okay" behaviors.
After reading When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry..., we played a game with the tree pictured. I gave students examples of things that made them or Sophie angry and had students put a leaf on the tree for their response.
The students enjoyed coming up with positive ways to handle their anger such as, tell the teacher, count to 10, ask another friend to play, take deep breaths, etc.
You could also turn this lesson into a bulletin board by making it larger and putting ways to calm down on the leaves.
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