Skills Building: Anh's Anger (PK-5)

Unit10Book-Anh's Anger

Written by Gail Silver and Illustrated by Christianne Kromer

TEKS: Reading: 1.6(G); 2.6(G); 3.6(G); 4.6(G); 5.6(G)

Pre- Reading Questions 

  1. What do you do when you are angry? 
  2. Think of a time when you might have yelled at your parents or friends when you were angry and then felt bad about it later. Describe how that made you feel.
  3. How does your body feel when you are angry?

Post- Reading Questions

  1. How did “sitting with his anger” help Anh?
  2. What were some things that Anh did in his room that helped him to calm down? 
  3. How did Anh feel after he spent time in his room sitting with his anger? How did he talk to his grandfather after he was calm?
  4. Have you ever tried to sit with your anger? How did it feel?

Creative Enrichment Activity: Making a Monster (PK-5)


Drawing inspiration from Anh, students will create an Anger Monster from paper that they will rip apart rather than cut. Both the process and creation of their monster will allow the students an outlet to visually, actively and verbally express how they feel when they are angry.


  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Black markers

Duration: 35 minutes


  1. Start by introducing the project.

    “In the book that we read this week, we learned about Anh’s anger and how it felt like a giant monster to him. When our feelings are strong, our emotions can feel big. Today we are going to create our own Anger Monster. Instead of using scissors, you will rip paper to create shapes and glue them together to create our monsters.”

  2. Set expectations. 

    “We are going to be mindful and share our supplies today. 

    You can make your anger monster look however you like. We will all have different Anger Monsters, and we will encourage one another as we work.

    First you will assemble your monster. When you are ready, raise your hand and a teacher will come and give you glue.* If you need help or some inspiration, feel free to ask a friend or a teacher. Use the supplies respectfully and take care of them.”

  3. Pass out the supplies and allow the students to create their monsters.

  4. Reflect

Reflection Questions

  • Act out your anger like Anh did! Bang on the floor, stomp around the room, or make loud noises. Do this for two minutes and then sit down calmly and take 10 deep breaths.

  • How did it feel to act angry? How did it feel to sit calmly and breathe?

  • How did you feel when you ripped the paper to create your Anger Monster? Why did you feel that way? What other feelings did you experience while creating your Anger Monster?

  • What did you do with any strong feelings that you started to feel?

Anger Monster