Lesson Plan : How do I feel?

Teacher Name:
 Corynne Feaster
Grade:
 Grade 2
Subject:
 Special Education

Topic:
 The over all subject would be "Sometimes I feel..."
Content:
 This lesson plan that is part of a series of lessons I would teach during the first month of school. The over all subject would be "Sometimes I feel..." in which we would be discussing different feelings. For this lesson plan I will focus on handling anger. Learn to use the "I-Message" in the following way, perhaps written on the blackboard or an easel: I feel ____________________________________________ (be specific) When you ________________________________________ (give details of the behavior or circumstances) Because ___________________________________________ (this is the hard one: the "why")
Goals:
 To help students see that conflict can become a positive situation To help students widen their vocabularies in reference to emotions To enable students to describe anger and its effects on them To give students options with which they can cope with their anger To give students communication tools to aid them in relationships
Objectives:
 Students will recognize that they are becoming angry and that anger can cause him/her to lose control of their behavior. Students will be able to apply techniques in order to remain calm, react appropriately, and stay in control. The student will respond to personal situations and events in an appropriate manner with journaling their experiences.
Materials:
 Paper, journal, pictures that give examples of feelings.
Introduction:
 Gain students attention- Start a group discussion about Anger. Ask students to tell of a time when something or some situation made them angry. Other questions to get conversation going: -What are some things that make you angry? (Make a list.) -Does losing control of our anger make things better or worse? Example: "Today I feel frustrated because..." Yesterday I was angry when..." The teacher will list the responses on the board. Have students develop a word list (see attached) of negative feelings and what makes him/her have negative feelings. This list will be added to our "Sometimes I feel..." word bulletin board.
Development:
 The teacher will explain to students the importance of being able to handle and apply techniques in order to remain calm, react appropriately, and stay in control. Explain that instead of getting angry, the students need to understand that they can manage their own anger.
Practice:
 The teacher will explain to students the importance of being able to handle and apply techniques in order to remain calm, react appropriately, and stay in control. Explain that instead of getting angry, the students need to understand that they can manage their own anger. examples of situations in which this happens. Teacher will provide multiple examples to demonstrate anger. Example: Jared knows that he can become angry during centers time when someone else wants the same game as himself. The teacher will show that Jared has choices he can make regarding selection of game or center to resolve his anger. Teacher directed questions: -What happens when we lose control of our anger? -What can you do to calm down? We will then go over some techniques to help with anger • Count to 5- Have the student take a deep breath while counting to five. Then as the student count back to one, have them slowly release the air. • How does my body feel? Can I calm down by taking 3 deep breaths and thinking calming thoughts? Talk to myself (telling myself to calm down), Think out loud to solve the problem, and/or think about it later. • Muscle Relaxing technique- Have the students pretend to become frozen by slowly tightening each part of their bodies until they are "frozen solid". Then, let them "thaw" by relaxing each part of their bodies and allowing their anger to melt away. Guided Practice: Students will take a piece of paper and fold the paper into thirds. First fold will be "I was angry when", Second fold will be "I responded to my anger by..." "I could have… Then...” We will then as a group go over this and strategize different ways to respond to anger in a more positive way.
Accommodations:
 Accommodations would be to have a peer buddy and alternative communication available.
Checking For Understanding:
 I would Pair up students to do role-plays in front of the class. We will have brainstormed some role-playing examples previously, and the students will "draw" examples from a hat and role play the given scenario. Students will be given rehearsal time to define the dispute. They should understand that when they're a little more clear of exactly why they're angry, the other person will also have a clearer picture
Closure:
 Today we discussed the feeling "anger". Students recognized that if they are becoming angry, they can apply techniques in order to remain calm, react appropriately, and stay control. The students talked about understanding the importance of responding to personal situations and events in an appropriate manner. If students can identify their emotions accurately, then they are less likely to act inappropriately. Students will also be asked to record any feelings in their journal regarding their reaction to the roleplaying.
Evaluation:
 Assessment will consist of review of the "Feelings" journal to see if they grasp the concepts of the strategies we have discussed. The overall review regarding "Sometimes I feel..." will involve a role-play scenario in which students pick different emotions to role-play and show the techniques/strategies they have learned in order to manage the emotion.
Teacher Reflections:
 It is important for students to understand that there are many different ways to respond to anger, whether it is their own anger or someone elses. Learning to deal with anger is an important life skill.

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