- 60 minutes
Break the ice with this social lesson, designed to help you and your class get to know each other. This social studies lesson helps students develop a healthy sense of self, and ties in well with any "All About Me" theme or unit.
Students will be able to draw a visual representation of an object, person, or activity. Students will be able to write a three word sentence.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Have all students sit in a circle around a carpet. Hold a ball and tell the students they will be introducing themselves to their classmates by saying their name and stating their favorite thing to do.
- Start the exercise by introducing yourself and stating your favorite thing to do. Pass the ball to the next person, encouraging them to do the same.
- Explain that today, students will be getting to know more about their classmates.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Read students the story I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont.
- Explain to the students that they are all different, yet the same, in many ways.
- Pass out a sheet of white paper and crayons or colored pencils to each student.
- Instruct your students to draw themselves doing something they enjoy.
- As they work, walk around to each student and ask about their pictures. Great questions to ask include: How do you look here? What words can you use to describe what you are doing? How does doing this make you feel?
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Give each student an owl body, two eyes, two wings, and feet.
- Have students glue on the various body parts.
- Use the fasteners to fasten the wings onto the body.
- Instruct your class to glue down the picture or portrait of themselves onto the body of the owl. The wings should hide the picture when closed.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Write the sentence I am _____ on the board.
- Instruct each student to copy the words from the board on the bodies of their owls, inserting their names in the blank space.
- Circulate the room as students work, and ask each student what two of their favorite things to do are. Write these down on the two wings of the owl.
- Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment write their favorite thing to do by copying it from a chalkboard or whiteboard.
- Support: To help students who struggle with writing, write their sentence in highlighter and have them trace it.
- Assess each student on their ability to copy the sentence from the board, write their name, and identify their interests to you during one-on-one time.
Review and Closing (15 minutes)
- Place all of the student's owls on a table with the wings covering their pictures.
- Go around the room and allow each student to select an owl and try and guess whom it belongs to by listening to the interests of the student!