for grades K-5
Both English and Spanish on the same DVD.
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If you are using the video, ask the first three questions before viewing.
1. What are some things that make you angry? (Make a list.)
2. Is it okay to get angry sometimes? When?
3. How do people act when they are angry?
4. Why was Groark so angry at the beginning of the video? Who was he angry at?
5. How did Groark behave when he became angry? What did Nubbs do when he became angry? Was that a good way for them to deal with their anger? Why, why not?\
6. Did they lose control of their anger? How can you tell?
7. Does losing control of our anger make things better or worse? What happens when we lose control of our anger?
8. How can you tell when you are losing control of your anger? What can you do to calm down?
9. What are some good ways to get rid of anger?
10. How can you tell when someone else is getting angry? What are some of the warning signs? Does everyone have the same warning signs?
11. What are some good ways to handle someone else's anger?
12. Did the kids in the discussion part of the program say anything that you strongly agree or disagree with?
13. What did you learn from this video?
1. Teach children how to relax and calm down with relaxation exercises.
3. Role play situations that create anger. Younger children may use puppets. Have students show how they would react in each situation. Discuss how controlling their anger can change the situation and role play it again. Examples of some situations are:
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2. CARTOON STRIP.
Have students create cartoon strips showing situations where characters
deal with anger. Have them show the positive solutions as well as the
3. ANGER IN THE NEWS.
Have students bring in news articles that show how anger affects communities
and world events. Discuss the various situations and how calming down,
thinking things through and talking things out might have affected the
result. Have students write a news article showing how events could
be different if people controlled their anger. Create a bulletin board
with articles and pictures showing the positive and negative results
of anger in the community or world.
To enlist the involvement of parents, make copies of the "For Parents" block (see below) and send them home with the children. Tell the children to discuss the video with their parents, and to perform the following activities.
1. Draw a poster or a picture that can remind you how to deal with your anger. Put it up in a place where you can see it.
2. Read a story or find a picture that shows anger. Share with someone more positive ways in which the anger could be handled and how it would change the situation.
3. Watch a television show where the characters deal with anger. Discuss with your family how television might affect how people deal with their anger. Does it affect you or your family?
Note to the teacher or group leader: It might be a good idea to think of some way for the children to share the outcomes of these activities with each other. Perhaps they could give written or oral reports or discuss their experiences in small groups.
(Copy this block and send it home to the parents.)
Your child is learning some valuable skills which will help him or her get along well with others, solve conflicts peacefully, and avoid violent situations.
The current lesson is about controlling anger. We have shown your child a video entitled "Groark Learns to Control Anger", which presents a puppet show and discussion about how to deal with angry feelings
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