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To conclude the lesson, students make Anger Journal Books to record the clues they are recognizing and how they handle their anger. We made the books out of paper bags. First, cut the edges of the bottom of three paper bags so they will open like the top. Stack the paper bags and fold them in half. Staple in the middle. Now you have 6 pages with pockets. On the front we glued on the statements we discussed in group.
On the inside pages, students could decorate with the different body parts that clue them in when they are getting angry.
For each pocket, students put a note card size picture of a body inside. On the back is a statement to complete when they get mad: Today I felt angry. I knew I was angry because my body gave me clues. I could feel ______________. I handled my angry feelings this way ___________. Their homework is to journal when they get angry over the next week and draw what clues their body gave them when they were getting angry.
Certainly the students can decorate these books and make them more fancy and colorful, but with limited amounts of time, our books focused on just the discussion. The kids liked these books because they thought the pockets were pretty hidden and it was like keeping a diary. As students start recognizing their own angry body signals, they will be better equipped to stop and use some calming down strategies.