1. Ask students to turn and talk to a partner about a time they jumped. Share ideas with class and list on board. Examples: jumping rope, playing basketball, dancing, cheering, jumping over something, jumping into a pool, playing hopscotch.
2. Read When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang (Book Online). Revisit the page that reads "She kicks. She screams. She wants to smash the world to smithereens."
3. Lead students in a discussion about jumping when we are mad. Ask a student to demonstrate what that might look like. Call attention to the way the legs and arms are positioned when you jump. Look at Sophie's arms and legs in the book.
4. Create a list of synonyms for the word "jump". Examples: bound, leap, hop, skip, soar, shoot, fly.
5. Tell students that they will create a free verse poem about a time they jumped. Revisit the list of reasons we jump and add any new ideas.
6. Review the elements of a free verse poem (doesn't have to rhyme, can be in phrases instead of complete sentences, words may be repeated for emphasis, etc.).
7. Allow students time to talk with a partner about their ideas. Encourage them to write their thoughts down as soon as they think of an idea. Choose their best idea. Remember the feelings they felt while they were jumping. Ask them to incorporate these feeling into their poem. After poem is complete, read it to their partner for proofing.
Art Steps: (an example can be found in attachments)
8. Distribute construction paper of various colors. Students will cut shapes to make the different parts of the body. Demonstrate how to position the shapes on the white paper to create a figure. Explain that they should move the pieces around to create different positions and find the one they like best before gluing. Use thin markers to add facial features. Students will also use construction paper to add details such as a basketball, clouds, grass, etc.
9. Students will rewrite their poem onto their collage paper. Students will share their poem and artwork with the class.
9. Reread the book When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. Have a discussion about how Sophie dealt with her anger.
10. Make a T-Chart of appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with anger. Discuss the concept of self-control. Additional extension activities can be found at Additional Activities.