This is a social skills lesson plan designed for students in middle school. It was used primarily with special education students for social skills instruction, but was also utilized by other character education classes in the building.
I used this to help introduce the concept of anger management, understanding of anger, and as a strategy to reduce impulsivity and manage anger/frustration.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (optional)
Projector with sound for video
Materials for posters and/or video taping
Essential Learning Outcomes: I will use emotional control to be successful in my daily life.
Learning Targets: I will understand the emotional management strategy of stop, breathe, chill.
I will make a visual representation of stop, breath, chill
The lesson may be modified based on time and audience. Here is the entire plan. It would take 3 55 minute sessions to complete the entire lesson approximately for students that have had previous exposure to anger strategies but may be a week long lesson for students that have little base knowledge on the subject.
1. Slide 1: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day together. You may also find a youtube whole book video to use. Discuss using the discussion questions.
2. Slide 2: Journal. I had the students then reflect on the discussion using the journal prompt. Standards I used were 5 to 7 sentences.
3. Slide 3/Slide 4: Introduce the stop, breath, chill and the learning targets.
4. Slide 5: Introduction video of the strategy.
5. Slide 6: Discussion prompts to engage students in why they should control their anger/frustration.
6: Slide 7: If you have a smart board, this pie chart is designed to have students discuss characteristics of anger. I would suggest breaking the group up into small groups and have each group brainstorm an aspect of anger and then come together to discuss.
7. Slide 8, 9, 10, 11: Direct teaching of the strategy.
8. Slide 12: Success criteria: I use this criteria for my younger and beginning learners. I have them make a simple poster describing the strategy.
9: Slide 13: This is my alternative choice success criteria. Students can choose between making the poster or working in groups to make a video of stop, breath, chill like the video in the lesson.