Lesson Plan

Mindfulness of Anger

Strong emotions like anger can sometimes take over, but mindfulness tools can help to manage them. In this lesson, students will learn mindfulness techniques for managing anger and write and implement a lesson to teach a younger student.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify how to manage emotions using mindfulness and teach someone else how to do the same.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask, "Have you ever felt angry? What did you do?"
  • Take 2–3 student shares, build and connect student ideas, and explain that today we are going to focus on how mindfulness can help us work with our anger when we get upset.
  • Ask students the following questions and chart their answers: "When you are angry how do your eyes feel? How do your ears feel? Mouth? Hands? Feet? Belly?"
  • Share that we can use mindfulness to pay attention to warnings in our body before we experience a strong emotion like anger. When we start to feel different in our bodies (reference what students shared above when they detailed how their different body parts felt when they were angry) it can be a signal that we are angry and we can practice taking three slow breaths in and out through the nose to pause and calm the anger.