Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Exploring the emotion of anger can be difficult for children. This lesson plan uses the book ''Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story'' along with discussions, activities, and written expression to help students learn healthy ways to deal with anger.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify healthy methods to deal with angry feelings
  • demonstrate an understanding of relaxation strategies
  • explain a personal choice in writing


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards


With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.


Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


Confirm understanding of a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media by asking and answering questions about key details and requesting clarification if something is not understood.


  • Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite
  • Two pairs of stockings for each student
  • Newspaper (to stuff the stockings)
  • Audio capabilities to play soft music (optional)
  • Paper copies of an underwater sea scene to color, one for each student
  • Pre-printed writing prompt that reads ''If I was a sea creature, I would be a'', one for each student


  • Introduce the book by having a discussion about emotions. Discuss:
    • Can anyone name an emotion?
    • Can someone show me happy?
    • Can someone show me sad?
    • Can someone show me angry?
    • What do we do when we are angry?
  • Show the students the cover of Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story and ask them what they think the book will be about. Make sure to point out the author (Lori Lite) and the illustrator (Max Stasuyk).
    • Who do you think is angry?
    • How can you tell? (Answers might reflect the title or the illustration.)
  • Begin reading the text. Pause after the octopus notices that his garden is messed up. Discuss:
    • How would you feel if something you worked hard on was destroyed?
    • What would you do?
    • What do you think the octopus will do?
  • Continue reading. Pause after the octopus sits in a black cloud. Discuss:
    • Where did the black cloud come from?
    • Did you know that an octopus can make a black cloud of ink if it feels afraid or angry?
    • Why is the octopus sitting in the ink cloud?
    • Do you think the cloud represents how the octopus is feeling?
  • Finish the story without pausing. Discuss:
    • How did the angry octopus deal with his anger?
    • What are some other healthy ways to deal with anger?
    • What are some unhealthy ways to deal with anger?
  • Ask your students to identify the characters of the story.
  • Ask students to think about each character. Take volunteers to tell what they think of each character.

Activity 1- Be the Octopus

Part 1: Making Legs

  • Hand out the sea scene coloring page and ask students to begin work coloring the scene. They can add the angry octopus and his mermaid friend into the scene if they like.
  • In groups of two or three, call students over to a workstation to fill their stocking legs.
  • Ask students to scrunch up individual sheets of newspaper and stuff the ball into the stocking legs. If you get students to use only one hand and alternate hands, you will be working on their fine motor skills during this activity.
  • Attach the two pair of stockings together at the bands so that the student can put their heads through the middle and wear the legs like a poncho.
  • Send the groups back to work on their coloring until all the stocking legs are full.

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