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Lesson Plan: Calming Down Anger

School Counselor:​ Monica Diaz & Ella McParlane

Activity:​ Lesson 12 Unit 2

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors:


1. B-SS 1.​ Use effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills
2. B-SS 5. ​Demonstrate ethical decision making and social responsibility
3. B-SS 8. ​Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary
4. B-SS 9.​ Demonstrate social maturity and behaviors appropriate to the situation and environment
5. M 1. ​Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional
and physical well-being

Learning Objectives:
1. Students will be able to explain the three stages of how to calm down when upset
2. Students will be able to identify at least 3 strategies to calm down when angry

Materials:​ powerpoint, videos (embedded), projector

Procedure:
1. Greet the classroom, and introduce one another as counseling interns
2. Go over expectations. Have the students tell you the various expectations. Make sure
safe, responsible, and respectful are highlighted (school wide expectations).
3. Remind student to all turn their chairs and face forward to the projector screen
4. Slide 1- display the “ways to calm down” poster to the students. Ask, “​can anyone
remember the poster from last week, and can explain the two steps involved in
calming down that we have already covered?”
a. Stop- use your signal
b. Name your feeling
5. Explain to the class, “​today you are going to talk about the 3rd step which is finding
out specific ways of calming down so that you can address the problem at hand.”
6. Display video, and prior to playing it state:​ “I want you all to listen carefully for the
different ways people calm down in the video.”
7. Play “calm down” music video
8. Have students identify the three steps of calming down that were referred to in the video
9. Explain to students, ​“After we name the feeling that we are experiencing it is
important to know different ways of calming down.” ​Refer to the poster and have a
student read the three different methods on the poster used for the student to calm down
(breath, count, use positive talk)
10. Refer to slide 4 which is a video that continues last week’s story about Maia. Ask, ​“can
anyone remind me what made Maia upset last week?”
11. Tell students, “​watch carefully as to what Maia does to calm down”
12. Play video on slide 4
13. Tell students that you saw Maia use three specific ways to calm down. ​“What were
they?”​ (deep centered breathing, counting, positive self talk) ​“Why should Maia want
to calm down?” ​(so she doesn't act out, get in trouble, start a fight)
14. “We saw Maia breathing to calm down. How was she breathing that allowed her to
become calm?” ​(deeply, slowly, and with control)
15. “We heard Maia saying some positive things to herself, what was she saying?”
(This is no big deal, next time I’ll talk louder, I don’t even need that pencil, Breathe.)
a. Let students know We call this positive self talk and we use it as of way of
calming ourselves down sometimes
16. Ask students, ​“is there are other ways that Maia could have calmed down that they
have used before?”
17. Repeat to class​ “Once you calm yourself down it’s easier to ask yourself what you
should do next.” “Let’s see what Maia does after she is calm”
18. Play video on slide 6
19. “Think about the ways Maia stood up for herself without making the situation
worse.” “What did she do or not do to make this situation come out ok?”
a. Have students think turn and tell their seating partner
b. Ask students for their responses ​(She calmly thought of a way to show she had
the knowledge. She was assertive. She did not do anything rude or aggressive to
James. She made James admit to not coming up with the answer)
Activity - (repeat steps in the following order)
1. Now you’re going to practice deep breathing again,just as Maia did, to calm down. This
time, you’re going to get your heart racing first, just like when you get angry or have
other strong feelings. You’re all going to jog in place for 30 minutes. Ready- GO!

2. Ok, now sit down and close your eyes or look at the floor and let's practice deep
breathing together. Put your hand on your stomach- that’s just above your belly button.
Now focus your attention on your breathing as you take a breath deep into the lower part
of your lungs. You should feel your stomach moving out as you do this.

3. Now breathe out through your mouth slowly and evenly. Make sure you can feel your
hand moving out as you breathe in.

4. Slow deep breathing gets more oxygen to your lungs and heart. It gives your body the
message that everything is ok. That helps you calm down. Can everyone feel
themselves calming down? ​(wait for responses)

5. “What sensations did you notice in your body as it calmed down?”

6. “What else did we see Maia do that helped her calm down?” ​(Count, Positive Self talk)

7. “Counting s a way you can calm down with or without deep, entered breathing. It’s like
taking a mental time out.”
Wrap up

1. Ask,​ “What are the three steps for calming down?”​ (have class say the three steps
aloud)

2. “Think, turn, and tell about a time in which you could have used these steps.” (Have
students share aloud)