The Facial Expression On This Card Shows…
1. Everyone is given a card by the teacher displaying a facial expression. Some expressions are repeated. They view it and take turns making the expression displayed on their card while other students guess which emotion is being portrayed.
2. Students engage in discussion on the various feelings they mimicked.
3. Students are asked to form groups according to the emotions they have in their possession.
4. These faces are stuck on an enlarged picture chart which is placed on the wall by the teacher and the findings are discussed.
· How many happy faces are there?
· How many angry faces etc.?
· Which group has the same number of mood faces?
· Which group has more, less etc.?
5. The word anger (the largest number of faces should be angry faces) is introduced by the teacher and students are asked, “Is there anyone who has never been angry?” Students show by raising their hands. They are told by the teacher that anger is the topic today and are instructed to go to their “Circle Area” to continue.
6. Everyone sits in a circle, including the teacher. An object such as a ball, hat, beanbag, stuffed toy etc. is used. Only the speaker is allowed to hold the object.
7. Students are told that they are going to be given the start of a sentence and would be required to complete it. When the sentence stem is given, they get a few seconds of think time before they respond.
8. The sentence begins “I get angry when………” As the object goes around, students only respond by completing the sentence. No discussion is entertained until everyone gets a turn. If a child refuses to respond he or she can be encouraged to respond later on or not at all if he or she refuses, and the object moves to the next person.
9. Students then engage in discussion based on their responses given from the sentence stem. They state how they react when they become angry. Here, they are given an opportunity to individually demonstrate these actions. They hold the object when responding, after which it is passed on to the next speaker. They engage in further discussion on what they think they should do when they are angry and how others become affected. etc.
10. At the end of the session, students are instructed by the teacher to take a few deep breaths then look at the person next to them and smile.
v Sleepy Bears
In this activity, the teacher guides the process.
11. As an active icebreaker, children are asked to hop on the spot like bunnies for about half of a minute.
12. They are then asked to become sleepy bears. To do this they sit, close their eyes and breathe deeply several times– in through their nose and out through their mouths.
13. In this silence they are asked to listen to the sounds around them and also to their breath as they breathe in and out. Allow this session to last about two minutes (longer if the teacher desires).
14. As the session ends the children are told that they can do this when they feel angry.
It’s Time To Stop
15. Students are presented with a box of items: sheets of paper, pencils or crayons, a length of cloth with knots tied on, a pillow and pieces of play dough by the teacher.
16. They are asked to examine the content of the box and think of ways these
can be used to release their anger.
17. They demonstrate by role playing their suggestions.
a) Sheets of Paper: can be crumpled one at a time and thrown away or children can write away their troubles (infants can make scribbles).
b) Cloth: can be used to untie knots one at a time.
c) Pillow: scream into the pillow, punch the pillow.
d) Play Dough: pinch pieces of the play dough.
18. The box is then placed in a corner of the classroom for students to use
whenever they are angry and wants a release.
Another technique students can use is to work-out their anger.
19. Stand in your space, put your hands up, stretch them to the ceiling, extend
them to touch your toes, take them back up slowly then down to the sides.
20. Stay in your space, jog or hop until you feel like stopping. Take a deep
breath, in through your nose, out through your mouth.
Shake, Shake, Shake, It Away!
21. Fill plastic bottles halfway with water and put some food colouring and
glitter. Cover and seal. More than one can be made using different colours.
22. Children shake the bottle until they feel satisfied.