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Young scholars describe self-esteem and what it means to them. In this health related lesson, students work through 4 exercises to become more aware of what self-esteem means to them and others in the classroom. The lesson ends with an understanding of confidence and self-assurance.
Second graders create a flower where each petal has their talents and unique qualities on the flower. In this self esteem lesson plan, 2nd graders understand that they are all special in their own way.
Sixth graders participate in a brainstorming activity in which they identify the types of decisions they make everyday. Individually, they complete a worksheet on making decisions effectively. After reading a poem, they identify the characteristics of the main character and how she is adjusting to her parents divorce. They interview one of their classmates on divorce and answer questions comparing themselves to a country to identify their morals and values.

Self-Esteem

6th - 8th
Young scholars examine the concept of self-esteem. In this personal health lesson, students explore their personal strengths and weaknesses in an effort to recognize their worth. Young scholars analyze the personal inventory they create and discuss self-esteem issues.
Expose your secondary special education class to the importance of belonging and feeling accepted. They define self-esteem, pride, and appreciation. Then create a self collage and share what they like about themselves with the class. A great resource for building self-efficacy and esteem.

Self-Esteem

3rd - 5th
Students determine what contributes to their self-esteem. In this self-esteem activity, students participate in a discussion by answering a list of questions. They complete two handouts; one entitled "Who's in the Mirror?" and another called "Write a Fable." They develop an understanding of peer pressure by completing the fable worksheet.
Students make a list of factors that contribute to positive self esteem. In this self esteem lesson plan, students identify ways to boost self esteem if it is low.
Students explore self-esteem and create a self-portrait collage. They discuss things they like about themselves, things they are able to do on their own, and reasons people appreciate them. They demonstrate how to give and receive compliments.
Middle schoolers explore self esteem and analyze their strengths and weaknesses.  In this building self esteem lesson students consider the role that self esteem plays in a healthy life. 

Self-Esteem

4th - 5th
In this self esteem worksheets, students learn about positive and negative peer pressure. Students complete two worksheets with activities that help them understand positive friendships and negative friendships.
Students research representations of self-esteem in music and literature, reflect on their meanings and use in developing positive attitudes. They make a presentations based on their research. They also keep a daily journal.

Care Of Myself

1st - 2nd
Learners investigate the concept of self-esteem by making inquiry into the different kinds of exposure one allows into the mind to influence self development. The instructional activity uses key words to help them discuss different ideas about self-esteem.
Third graders explore the concept of self esteem. In this health lesson, 3rd graders participate in several classroom activities that address developing a positive self concept.

Self Esteem

7th - 9th
Students consider the innate goodness of all people and the role self esteem plays in making decisions. They participate in a group role play about drug use and self esteem and answer discussion questions about the characters.
Ninth graders are introduced to the concept of self esteem - both high and low. Through role play, a hands-on activity and responding to literature, 9th graders explore the issues of self esteem.
Are your students aware of the effect advertising can have on their self-image, self-esteem, and happiness? This lesson from the Media Awareness Network is aimed at increasing that awareness and mitigating any negative effects it might cause young consumers of media. Your class will complete opinion surveys as a warm-up activity, and then create their own television commercials that parody advertising techniques. This resource also contains an article on advertising and image.
Students explore the concept of self-esteem and listen to a story.  In this IALAC (I am lovable and capable) story lesson, students examine the impact that certain life events have on a person's developing self-esteem. Students respond to the story and discover that young people are very resilient and a close relationship with a parent makes a big difference.
Students apply what they have read to their life. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read and discuss the book I'm Gonna Like Me - Blowing Off a Little Self-esteem by Jaime Lee Curtis. Students identify how important having positive self-esteem is.
Students listen to a story about self-esteem in which the main character has his self-esteem ripped away. They discuss a list of questions associated with the story before spending the rest of the day being aware of when they are ripping at another's self-esteem.
Students examine what makes them happy. In this self-esteem lesson, students work together to create a flip chart about what they think happiness is and discuss their reactions to the list. They create a name tag about who they are and share with the room talking to each other individually. The students are encouraged to be respectful of each other.

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