Another lesson and activity I use with my students in my Anger Management Group, the Chill Club, is a lesson from Puzzle Pieces written by Gwen Sitsch and Diane Senn. Problem Solving Lagoon can be used in many different groups because it creatively presents the problem solving method and provides students with the skills to solve their own problems. In this case, those problems that cause them to get angry. Students are introduced to Freddie the Frog and his problem solving lagoon through a short story. Freddie teaches his friends the three steps to problem solving and comes up with problem solving strategies. He does not forget to include the rules for managing madness.
After I read the short story to the students, we work on the Smart Board solving problems that are relevant to children. Students in the group come up with many different ways to solve a problem and then determine if the solution chosen meets the criteria for managing our madness: 1) Do not hurt yourself, 2) Do not hurt others, 3) Do not hurt property.