I was able to do an awesome lesson on body image and acceptance with 2 super cool activities with my 5th grade classes, partnering up with the 5th grade teachers in planning and preparing this made this even more special. Let me give a little background info...prior to this lesson I went on a field trip with 5th grade for their human growth and development unit to a health center. Also prior to this trip I had heard several cases of negative self-talk among peers.
For my lesson, the classroom teacher opened with "give your neighbor a compliment" as we listened, nearly all the compliments were based on items such as "I like your shoes", "I like your bracelet" and so on. That was our doorway to talk about things that we have within us that can't be purchased at a store. I then read a short story from Chicken Soup for the Soul, Think Positive for Kids entitled "Learning to Love my Nose". In this story the author shares how something she was embarrassed about became something she was proud about. It was great to hear the discussion from the class on how they connected with the story.
Next I used the Brag Bag activity from the Girls in Real Life Situations book. Students were to write 10 things that they could brag about themselves that were not materialistic. After you wrote the brags down, you cut them out and out them in a plastic bag. The teachers and I shared our brags with the classes and shared that it can be difficult to brag about yourself. It was so interesting seeing the students write their brags down. If we had time, students had the option to share (many were very willing to share).
|GIRLS book (notice all my sticky notes, I love this book)|
|My Brags, that I shared with the students|
|Student works on their Brags|
|Cutting the Brags out and putting them in a bag|
|Best Part of Me...Eyes|
|Best Part of Me...Hair|