Angry Feelings

K, 1, 2

This lesson teaches responsible personal conduct and encourages students to handle angry feelings in positive ways that are helpful to themselves and to their classmates.

Lesson Rating 
PrintThirty minutes

The learner will:

  • give students positive ways to handle angry feelings.
  • increase critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Chart
  • Markers
  • Journals
  • Crayons
  • Pencils


  1. Explain to students that all of us get angry feelings at one time or another and that it is not wrong to have these feelings. However, it is important how we handle these feelings, especially in a group of people like a classroom community.

  2. Tell students that sometimes when people get angry they feel like shouting or hitting, but this could upset or hurt other people.

  3. Ask students if they have any ideas as to how we could handle angry feelings.

  4. Lead a brainstorming session on how to handle angry feelings.

  5. Accept all reasonable responses and write them on a chart.

  6. Be sure the following techniques are included:

    • Count to ten and calm down
    • Spend some quiet time by yourself.
    • Talk things over with the person.
  7. Read the strategies from the chart that the class has suggested, reinforcing the three techniques listed above.

  8. Identify an area of the room where students can go cool down.

  9. Select volunteers for role playing where they pretend that they are angry and demonstrate how they handle their angry feelings. (Sample situations could be: someone accidentally broke one of their toys, students cutting in line or someone refusing to share a classroom object.)


Teacher observation. Note whether children were able to identify appropriate ways to handle angry feelings. Use the Follow-up Activity for more accurate assessment.

Cross Curriculum 

Have each student draw a picture of themself using a strategy for calming when they feel angry. It may be a two-part picture; before and after. Help the younger children label the picture. Hang up the pictures in an area to teach others responsible ways to manage anger.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.