Answer key: Young Kids and Anger

Lesson Plan: How To Help Kids Cope With Anger…How to help Parents Cope with Angry Kids

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. rage | rāj | noun violent, uncontrollable anger: her face was distorted with rage | she flew into a rage.
  2. tantrum | ˈtantrəm | noun an uncontrolled outburst of anger and frustration, typically in a young child: he has temper tantrums if he can’t get his own way.
  3. *went for it (idiomatic) To put maximum effort into achieving something. To win the competition he has to beat his personal best, and he’s going for it. He really went for it.
  4. meltdown | ˈmeltˌdoun | noun • informal  an outburst of severe emotional distress; a nervous breakdown: they wondered what could have triggered her meltdown.
  5. out·burst | ˈoutˌbərst | noun a sudden release of strong emotion: “she screamed at him about it one day,” said one source who witnessed the outburst.
  6. flum·moxed | ˈfləməkst | adjective bewildered or perplexed: he became flummoxed and speechless.
  7. dan·ger·ous | ˈdānj(ə)rəs | adjective able or likely to cause harm or injury: a dangerous animal | ice was making the roads dangerous.
  8. skill | skil | noun the ability to do something well; expertise: difficult work, taking great skill.
  9. cultivate | ˈkəltəˌvāt | verb [with object] 2 try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill): he cultivated an air of indifference.
  10. e·mo·tion | əˈmōSH(ə)n | noun a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others: she was attempting to control her emotions | his voice was low and shaky with emotion | fear had become his dominant emotion.



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Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage

I – 2 -Anger has a bad reputation.

II – 2 – I was flummoxed by their fits of anger.

III – Don’t be afraid of tantrums.


Reading Comprehension: Identify The Speakers

  1. Jazmine McCoy, a child and family psychologist. Many of us were taught that anger is bad, and that to show we’re angry and express our feelings is bad…But anger isn’t bad, Dr. McCoy said, nor is expressing it inherently dangerous or disrespectful.”
  2.  Dave Anderson, a clinical psychologist and vice president of school and community programs at the Child Mind Institute. When it comes to kids and anger, it can help to remember a few simple facts: First, anger is a basic human emotion. And second, emotions exist to tell us about ourselves and our relationships.”
  3. Denis Sukhodolsky, director of the evidence-based practice unit with the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine. It’s not uncommon for toddlers or preschoolers to have tantrums several times a week…The average length of toddler tantrums is around three minutes but there is a wide range in how long they can go on — anywhere between 1 and 20 minutes.”