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Escape

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Get out

This theme is part 6 of a unit on Overcoming Temper Flares.  It is based on chapter 5 of the book,  What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner.   Chapter 5 introduces the first anger dousing technique, which is to take a break.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Take a Break
  • Escape!
  • Extinguish

Take a Break

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 5
  2. Have a vacuum for the demonstration described in the chapter.  How close or far away can items be, but still be pulled in by the vacuum?
  3. Discuss: How can we escape the pull of angry thoughts and feelings?  Do you need to move your thoughts just a little bit or find something totally different to think about?  How can you do that?

Snack & Nutrition

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sip it

  • Slurp it up – drink milk/juice with a straw – time who can slurp it up the fastest? Can you slurp it with the straw out of the milk or juice?  Why?  How is the straw like a vacuum?

Art & Crafts

  • Take a Break — This activity is suggested on p. 35 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares — Make a poster showing 4 things you can do while taking a break. These should be easy things to do that you enjoy and that take your full attention. Title it:  Take a Break and at the bottom write your goal:  Go for 10
  • Go for 10 — This activity is suggested on p. 36 and 37 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares -– Decorate a string with beads; leave a long string so that you can tie a knot for each time you step away from the force of your anger and go do something fun or relaxing. Go for 10 knots.  Choose a way to celebrate when you achieve 10.

Science

  • The Power of the Vacuum – spread rice, torn paper, and dry beans on an area of the hard floor – turn the vacuum on and point it towards the items, but about a foot away. How close must the vacuum be in order to suck up the rice? – torn paper? –dry beans? (How far must the item be so it won’t get sucked up?)

Math Challenge

  • 10 knots — convert to miles per hour (mph) – use calculators and the equation to figure it out — Knots is how the speed of aircraft and boats is measured. Both miles per hour and knots is a speed which is the number of units of distance that is covered for a certain amount of time.

1 knot = 1 nautical mile per hour = 6076 feet per hour
1 mph =1 mile per hour = 5280 feet per hour

If a boat is going 1 knots per hour, how many miles per hour is it going?  First we must convert the speed to feet per hour.  So 1 knot is 6076 feet per hour  1×6076=6076  Then we can divide the answer by 5280 which is how many feet per hour something that is going 1 mph is going.  So 6076 ÷ 5280 = 11.5 mph.

How many miles per hour would it be if

  • a boat was going 2 knots per hour?   2 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph
  • a plane were going 10 knots per hour? 10 x 6076 = ______ ÷ 5280 = ______mph

Fitness Play

  • Go outside and enjoy your favorite game, sport, or activity.

Escape Plan

Program Potpourri/Circle Time

  1. Discuss: Fire Safety –
    1. Smoke goes up, so get down!
    2. Get out – go quickly to the nearest exit (window or door)
    3. Is it safe? If the door is an inside door & is hot – find another way
    4. Once out – Meet – go to your meeting place
    5. Get help – go to a neighbor’s house or call on cell 9-1-1
  2. Follow-up: We talked about the importance of taking a break when you feel the spark of anger, just like we need to escape when there is smoke.  How are you doing on your way to Go for 10!  Rate yourself: High five if you are making good progress; 3 up if you are doing OK; thumb up if you need to call a tow truck to get you out of the ditch.

Snack & Nutrition

  • Salsa Taste test:  Have various flavors of salsa and chips.  Kids taste each and rate them on a chart

Art & Crafts

  • Escape Plan — from Temper Flare  — Draw a plan that shows where you might go and what you might do if you get mad at home or at school.  You might want to make a comic strip
  • Escape Plan –from a house fire —  Draw your home floor plan.  Draw arrows to show your escape plan

Engineering and Science

  • Building project: build a house and show the escape plan for if there is a fire; remember each room should have 2 ways out; show where the meeting place is
  • Build a maze using Legos on a Lego board OR blocks on a table & have a friend get a marble or other object to go through it.  This is a simple one.   Challenge kids to make tunnels with hidden exits and ramps.
    • Image result for marble maze with lego

Fun With Words

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • Fire safety crossword and maze from firesafekids.org/activities

Fitness Play

  • With lights out and eyes closed, from the center of the room or the far side, crawl to the door – help each other get out safely

 

Extinguish

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
    •  Image result for fighting fire   Image result for pulaski firefighter tool  Image result for helicopter water bucket  Image result for borate bomber

Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
    Image result for snacks fire  Image result for snacks fire

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • fireman craftFireman craft
    • Fireman craft for dltk kids
    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay

Engineering

  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.

Science

  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at education.com

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”
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FIRE!

Fire! Fire!

Large_bonfire“People often say that anger is like fire.  It’s HOT.  It can RAGE out of control.  It BURNS anyone who gets too close.  It’s a good comparison…” (What to Do When Your Temper Flares p. 26)  The purpose of this chapter is to discover what feeds anger and what can extinguish it.  These ideas will be developed further in later chapters.

This theme is divided into 3 mini-themes:

  • Fire! Fire!
  • Explosion
  • Extinguish

Fire!  Fire!

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. what-to-do-when-your-temper-flares-a-kid-s-guide_1Read What to Do When Your Temper Flares by Dr. Dawn Huebner Chapter 4:  Fire!  Fire!
  2. Discussion points:
    • How anger and fire grow bigger with fuel & hot air;
    • Ways to douse a (real) fire; and
    • Brainstorm ways to douse anger
  3. Discuss: We can use fire for our (and others’) benefit to get us warm or cook food.  Can we respond to the spark of anger within us by helping others?  What if someone is being bullied and you get angry at the bully.  How can you help the person being bullied without becoming a wild beast?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Make it hot – Make a hot salsa:
    1. Simple Hot Salsa from allrecipes.com
      • 1 jalapeno pepper, or more to taste
      • 1 serrano pepper
      • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
      • 1/2 white onion, coarsely chopped
      • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Poke a few holes into the jalapeno and serrano peppers and drop into the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 15 minutes. Drain.
  • Cut stems off peppers and place into a food processor with diced tomatoes and their juice, onion, and garlic. Pulse several times to your desired texture. Transfer to a serving bowl and stir in salt. If desired, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour to blend flavors.
  • Serve with Corn chips

Art & Crafts

  • Image result for fire craft with cinnamon sticks

    Fire craft

    Build a fire – Supplies:  cardboard, small rocks, cinnamon sticks, yellow and red tissue paper.  — Directions:

    • Cut out a cardboard circle (a 4 or 5 inch diameter is a nice size)
    • Glue the small rocks around the edge of the cardboard circle using a low temp glue gun or tacky glue.  Talk about the need for a fire ring if you are building a camp fire.
    • Optional:  Glue on coffee grounds.  This makes a nice smell and looks like dirt or ashes.
    • Glue on cinnamon sticks to be the logs.  You could also use small tree sticks, but the cinnamon sticks smell nice.  Crisscross the sticks.  Talk about how you have to crisscross the wood in a real fire to allow space for the air to feed the flame.
    • Cut small squares of red and yellow tissue paper.  You can squeeze the paper together in different ways to make it look like flames.  You can use the colors separately or together.  Put a bit of glue on the bottom of the flame and press your tissue paper flames between the sticks.
    • Enjoy the aroma and ambiance of your fire!

Music

  • Sing: O’Leary took a lantern to the shed… re Chicago fire in Oct. 8, 1871   – burned 2,000 acres and lasted more than 24 hours  Find out more about the story behind the song here from mama Lisa.  The motions for the camp song are here.

 

 

Science

  • What will burn?  The kids won’t be actually burning these things, just sorting them, so they may need some prior experience.
    • Directions: – sort various items into 3 groups:  burns well, burns OK, won’t burn in a simple fire.
    • Items may include such things like: pine cones, fuzz sticks, lint, twigs, big branch, oil, foil, nails, plastic, rock…
    • WARNING:  DO NOT PLAY WITH FIRE!
  • No air, no flame – set a candle in a safe place and light it.  Have a glass jar which you can turn upside down and put over the candle.  The jar must be able to cover the candle with room above the candle for the flame and be able to sit flat on the table so that air will not enter the jar.  How long will the candle burn after the jar is placed over it?
  • What happens when we add a plate of water to this experiment?  Check it out:

Fire Safety

  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week
  • A website full of fire safety facts, videos, and games: fire facts.org  or fire safe kids
  • Conduct a fire drill

Fitness Play

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Explosion

Getting Started:  An Overview:

  1. Review chapter 4 of What to Do When Your Temper Flares.  Do angry thoughts make a person’s anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)    If anger gets bigger and bigger and its bottled in, there might be an explosion!   Do angry actions like hitting or tearing something make the anger bigger or smaller?  (They make it bigger)
  2. Discuss: What makes an explosion…  Explosive, a substance that will burn up or decompose almost instantly, producing intense heat and a large volume of expanding gas. This rapid change of state is called an explosion. Depending on its nature, an explosive may be detonated (set off, or exploded) by applying heat (such as a flame or spark), by shaking, or by striking. The sharp sound, or report, of an explosion is due to air waves set in motion by the explosion’s force.  (Read more at:  http://science.howstuffworks.com/dictionary/chemistry-terms/explosive-info.htm )
  3. Discuss: Have you ever felt like you are ready to explode?  What makes an emotion explosion?

Snack & Nutrition

  • Color Explosion #1: food coloring is water-soluble & cannot dissolve in oil.  When mixed in oil, it is trapped, eventually sinks in the water, makes contact with the water & dissolves.

Step 1:  Fill a clear jar with water.

Step 2:  In a separate cup, combine 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and a few drops each of red, blue, and yellow liquid food coloring; mix them together with a fork.

Step 3:  Pour the color red oil into the jar of water, and watch as streamers of color descend.

  • Color Explosion #2 using milk, food colors, and a Q-tip with dish soap.

Art & Crafts

  1. Explosive Ivory soap – cut in half and and compare with another type of soap – Ivory is filled with a lot more air – weigh them in the scales…. then:
    1. Put Ivory soap bar in microwave for 1-2 minutes – watch it expand!
    2. Let it cool for a minute and then take it out and touch it
    3. When done, use it for home-made laundry soap or ghost mud (mix crumbled soap with 1 cup of very warm water & an unrolled roll of TP
    4. http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-explosion/

Science

  • Do these activities outside
  • Plastic bag explosion:
    • Supplies:
      •  ½ cup white vinegar,
      • 1 ½ tablespoons baking soda
      • ¼ cup warm water
      • scissors,
      • plastic bag,
      • paper towel
  1. Draw a square measuring about 5–6 inches on each side onto a paper towel. Ask your child to cut it out.
  2. Measure out the baking soda and help him scoop it into the middle of the towel. Fold the towel inwards on four sides, so you have a little packet of powder. It should look like a sachet, with the powder contained inside.
  3. Mix the vinegar and warm water together, then pour it into the sandwich bag.
  4. Give your child the paper towel packet you’ve just made and tell him to quickly but carefully drop it into the bag, then immediately seal it closed.
  5. Standing in your outdoor area, let your child shake the bag a bit. Then put it on the ground and stand clear!
  • Coke Explosion:
    • Supplies:
      • 2 L bottles of Diet coke and
      • 1 pkg of Mentos (12 mentos)
      • a pipe or tube that mentos can go in and that fits into the opening of the pop bottle
      • and (optional) a wet suit LOL
    • Directions:  put mentos in the tube and place tube in coke bottle.  The explosion is immediate!
  •  This is what NOT to do:

Fun With Words

  • Fire Safety — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week.  Check out these resources:

Fitness Play

  • 10-9-8 detonate! Have kids crowd into a tight circle (In a solid, atoms are very close together.  They are a little looser in a liquid) One (or more) child is chosen to be it and count.  At the count.. 10-9-8 detonate! All the other kids run from the circle in all directions (like atoms in an explosion quickly spread out; Atoms in a gas are spread out).  The ‘it’ person leaves last and then tries to catch the others.  When caught, they must return to the circle.
  • Replay the Fire Drill Game — the directions are given above under the mini theme Fire! Fire!

 

Extinguish

Getting Started:  An Overview

  1. Review chapter 4 and 5
    • Anger Dousing Method #1:  Take a break
    • Did taking a break work for you?
  2. Discuss ways of putting a fire out:
    • We can use:  extinguishers, water, dirt, baking soda, put lid on (stove fires);
    • Fire fighters use: water, foam, a Pulaski, helicopters & water buckets, borate bombers,
    •  Image result for fighting fire   Image result for pulaski firefighter tool  Image result for helicopter water bucket  Image result for borate bomber

Snack & Nutrition

  • Fun fire snack ideas
    Image result for snacks fire  Image result for snacks fire

Imagine That/Art & Crafts/Drama

  • fireman craftFireman craft
    • Fireman craft for dltk kids
    • Hat: fold on dotted line;  You could give him a black pipe-cleaner hose with tin foil nozzle; maybe make a fire hydrant out of clay

Engineering

  • Build a Lego firetruck using your imagination and creativity.

Science

  • Birthday Blow out – how many ways can you extinguish a birthday candle?
  • Put the Fire Out – use soda & vinegar to make carbon dioxide & put the fire out – see directions at education.com

Fun With Words

  • How many words can you make using the letters that spell EXTINGUISHER
  • Be safe — Have fire safety books from the fire dept. for the kids to do this week

Sports Zone/Games/Physical Fitness

  • Fire Drill Game — A leader will give a directive and then everyone needs to do it quickly.  If someone doesn’t do it they are out.  Between directives participants can walk around the room or area.   The leader makes it more difficult by saying the directives in faster succession.
  • Suggested directives:
    • Ah! A Fire  (designated circle such as a hoola-hoop or circle drawn with chalk or rope) — Everyone circle around the designated circle and puts their hands up like warming them by the fire
    • Fire! Fire! Come Quick! — Everyone puts their hands on another person’s shoulder to make a long line like a fire truck and everyone makes a siren sound.
    • Extinguish!  –Everyone pretends to spray out a fire
    • Fire Drill!  Meet!  — Everyone goes to a designated wall, fence, or line.  As soon as their back or feet touch the wall they say “Here!”

 

Continue this unit by going to the theme, Escape!

Chapter 5 talks about the first method for dousing a fire, which is to Take a Break.