We focused on ways to handle our anger in first grade this week. We started by reading "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle. This book is a great spring board for students to make observations. There are a lot of noticeable patterns, context clues and repeated phrases that keep students involved in the telling of the story.
We discussed how one of Kelso's choices is to take a break and cool down. If all else fails and a problem has gotten you really upset, wait and cool off. Go to a quiet spot and think about how you are going to solve this problem. We discussed areas at school and home where students can go to calm down. Students also brainstormed ways that they like to cool down and we added them a large ladybug. Some ideas were going to get a drink from the water fountain, reading a book , coloring, etc.
In my kindergarten small group, we talked about what makes us angry and turned ourselves into grouchy ladybugs.