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An anger management through social problem solving curriculum for upper elementary students


This 26-lesson curriculum is designed to help upper elementary school teachers establish a positive, cooperative classroom atmosphere.

Tools for Getting Along enables students to become more self-reliant, effective, proactive problem solvers as they encounter the social challenges that are part of their developing years. Its instructional focus is on understanding and dealing with frustration and anger, since anger is a frequent correlate of disruptive and aggressive behavior and is often preceded by frustration.

The lessons help students learn how to recognize and manage anger, how it may lead to or exacerbate social problems, and how to use problem-solving steps to generate, implement, and evaluate solutions to problems students face every day.

Teacher friendly and self-contained, Tools for Getting Along lessons include concepts and skills related to anger management and problem solving and incorporate direct instruction, modeling, guided practice, independent practice, and skill generalization. Five lessons are devoted to practicing learned skills through role-plays, and there are six booster lessons to assist in the generalization of learned skills.


Samples in PDF format:

Table of Contents
Lesson & Slides
Tool Kit

nrepp-logoWhat Is NREPP?

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers.



A randomized controlled trial of the Tools for Getting Along (TFGA) curriculum was reviewed by What Works Clearinghouse  (WWC). Evidence that students who received TFGA had greater use of rational problem solving styles than students who did not receive TFGA was rated as meeting WWC evidence standards without reservations.