Body Image Teacher Resources
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Beach Bodies (In Spoken Word)
"But we're tired, and exhausted, from trying to be something we're not." Insecurity from body image can play a significant role in adolescence and into adulthood. Watch as two young poets tackle this issue head on through the creative and thought-provoking medium of spoken word.
4 mins 7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
34x25x36: Advertising and Body Image
Point of View’s short film, “34x25x36” launches a study of how images presented by mannequins and advertisements influence body image. Class members read and discuss the fact sheet "Media's Effect on Girls: Body Image and Gender Identity." Activities, discussion questions, and resource links are included.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Kellogg Special K Ads
Foster class discussion about body image with the resources and questions provided here. Focus on Special K's "look good on your own terms" ad campaign. Learners start by reading about this campaign and analyze a series of print ads, discussing "ideal beauty" and marketing along the way.
9th - 12th Health
Real Life, Your Life: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Learners discuss the topic of body image. In this body image lesson, students view a few people's body image thoughts and discuss how to help their people. Learners then write a poster and pretend press release, explaining to people where and how they can get help for themselves.
2nd - 6th Health
Music: "Hearing Between The Lines"
The class listens to and reads lyrics from popular songs that explore themes of self-esteem, body image, and eating disorders. The song interpretations will serve as a jumping-off point to deeper discussion on the issues, culminating in a writing exercise.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Healthy Body Image: A Lesson Plan for Middle School Students
This is a very valuable lesson for middle schoolers on the importance of maintaining a healthy body image through diet, exercise, and positive mentality. The resource includes four lesson plans. The first two plans outline the physical growth and development of adolescents (changes in height, weight, and weight distribution) and prompts learners to question the ideal body image projected in advertisements and in the media.
6th - 9th Physical Education
Reshaping Body Image
Students view images and write responses based on their impressions. In this body image lesson, students brainstorm how body image is influenced culturally and participate in a small group discussion on these influences. Students view images and discuss how concepts of body image vary over time and in different cultures.
9th - 12th Health
Fifth graders look at advertisements paying close attention to the people in them, then create an advertisement based on a healthy body image. In this health lesson, 5th graders analyze magazine or television advertisements for the target audience and message, then small groups create a print ad or public service announcement promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Beauty Ideals and Body Image
Students analyze beauty ideals presented by mannequins and advertisements to sell products as a study on body image. In this body image lesson, students watch a documentary and take notes about the images of beauty. Students analyze examples of advertisements from various sources to identify body image messages.
7th - Higher Ed Health
A Healthy Body Image
Fifth graders discuss what is meant by body image. In groups, they view a variety of magazine advertisements and identify how it encourages them to buy a specific product. To end the lesson, they group the people in the ads as either attractive or unattractive and discuss why companies only use attractive people to sell their products.
Comparing the Food Choices and Body Image of 15-Year-Olds Around the World
Pupils interpret data regarding food choices and the perceived body image of youth in the world. In this personal health lesson, students compare food consumption patterns in Canada with other countries. Pupils also compare lifestyle patterns in Canada to those in other countries.
4th - 6th Health
But I Don't Look Like That: Body Image and the Relentless Pursuit of Perfection
Students explore and discuss issues related to body image as portrayed in the media and research a topic of interest. In this body image activity, students research, summarize, and cite three articles related to their chosen topics. Students plan and and make a presentation based on what they learned and their own observations and insights.
10th - Higher Ed Health
The first part of this article by PBS on the Miss America pageants can be used in a health class when it's time to talk about body image. There are links to related articles. There are some great questions for discussion. There are ideas for some projects the class can do.
7th - 12th Health
Looks Aren't Everything. Believe me, I'm a Model
"Image is powerful; but also, image is superficial." Insecurity and body image are prevalent topics in adolescence. In her presentation, model Cameron Russell begins an exploration of the power and effect of image in our everyday lives. This is an excellent video to use as a writing prompt or to stimulate discussion on such topics as perceived beauty, racial profiling, and human development.
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Reshaping Body Image
Students determine how beliefs about body size and shape are shaped. They develop ideas about the acceptance of self and others with regard to body size and appearance by working in small groups. They view and discuss a PowerPoint presentation.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Students discuss how gender influences self-esteem and body image. For this body image lesson, students are broken into male and female groups and they discuss the things that influence their self-esteem. They research how the ideal body shape of women has changed over the last century.
5th - 6th Health