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LifeSkills Handbook Activity 40

This is a single activity session plan from The Lifeskills Handbook. There are 61 activity sessions altogether. The handbook is available from our resources section where you’ll also find downloadable storybooks, books and posters to help you in your work.

LifeSkills Handbooks Activity 40
What Happens to Us When We Get Angry?

Purpose of activity:

To become aware of our physical reactions when we get angry and how anger might be controlled.

Life Skills: Problem-solving, Creative Thinking


Important points

Do Activity 39: What makes me get angry? before this activity.


  1. In pairs, children select one idea from the list they made in Activity 43: What makes me get angry? In pairs, children act out one of these situations.
  2. In the whole group, ask the children to say what happens to their bodies when they get angry (these responses are different for everybody and in different situations).
    • shouting
    • head pulses
    • stomach aches
    • clenching the fists
    • frown
    • face turns red
    • crying
    • feeling scared
  3. In the whole group ask children to say what people might do when they angry
    • hit someone
    • throw something
    • shout sounds
    • shout insults (which they may later regret)
  4. In pairs, the children make two short roleplays from one of the situations identified in the Activity 43. In the first roleplay, show how things quickly go from bad to worse when someone asks angry. The second shows how the person controlled their anger. For example, by:
    • walking away
    • reasoning
    • ignoring
    • getting someone else to help
  5. The pairs perform their plays. After each, the whole group can comment on how the anger was controlled.

Final Discussion:

In an argument, is one person always more to blame than the other? Can you so something about your anger in the same way each time?

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