Explore ways to manage anger in a variety of real-life situations with this set of 16 scenario cards.
Learn to Manage Angry Feelings with These Anger Scenario Cards
Harry was just about to beat his high score on his favorite video game. His mom turned it off without asking and told Harry to go and do his homework.
Why might this make Harry angry?
Who is his anger directed towards?
How could Harry manage his anger?
How might Harry deal with the situation calmly?
The situation above is one example of many scenarios that can cause children to feel angry on an everyday basis. Anger can often develop out of other emotions such as frustration, sadness, disappointment, embarrassment, rejection, jealousy, or powerlessness.
This set of task cards has been created by a dedicated team of educators to help explore these anger-evoking situations with your students in your social-emotional learning lessons. Through a series of guided questions, students can reflect upon each situation and brainstorm how the character at the center of the scenario might manage their anger and avoid any angry outbursts!
One Resource… Many Applications!
Use these task cards to enhance learning through whole-class lessons, group activities, or independent reflection.
Display the task cards on your interactive whiteboard. Use guiding questions to promote exploration of each scenario, such as:
- Has anyone ever been in this situation before?
- How did the situation make you feel?
- How did you deal with your feelings?
You might like to use a prop that can be passed around to indicate whose turn it is to contribute to the discussion.
Group Drama Activity
Divide the class into groups and provide each group with a task card. Have the students develop, rehearse, and present a group role play that summarizes the scenario and includes strategies for how the character in the scenario might manage their anger appropriately.
Encourage the students to add an additional card to the pack by writing about a scenario that made them feel angry. Students could share these with the class if they feel comfortable in doing so.
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.
Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring.
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