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SET IT UP
By being confined to an image we are not allowed to grow and change and become our best self.
By confining others to an image they are not allowed to grow and change.
Talk It Out
Ask the following questions and record the answers on the poster paper. Recording the student’s wisdom and insights on poster paper is a useful strategy because you can then leave it behind for children to see all year.
Act It Out
What’s your favorite toy?
What’s your favorite action figure or doll?
What does the facial expression on your doll/action figure look like?
How are the arms positioned?
How are the legs positioned?
Stand beside your or desk and show me how your action figure looks.
Now freeze (you can breath and blink) in that image. The teacher circulates around the room pretending to take a picture of each child. The children will start to wiggle, the teacher reminds them they are still frozen, they cannot move! Finally let them relax and bring them back into their desks or a circle and begin the next discussion.
Questions for Discussion
Is it difficult to stay in this position?
What if this was the only way you go through life? How would you show your happiness, sadness, joy?
Part of growing up is learning that we all can feel and learn many things.
If we are locked into one image how can we grow?
Are we limited by how we think we should behave?
Are we limited by how others think we should behave?
When we follow the class rules about our behavior is that a positive image to have? Why?
If someone thinks we are just perfect children ALL the time without ANY problems, is that a positive or negative image to have? Why?
Materials: paper, pencil, pink purple and yellow crayons.
Instruct students to draw a picture of a “tough guy” using only their pencil and paper.
Once the pictures are done hand out the yellow, pink and purple crayons and instruct color in the picture you drew.
What happens to the picture?
Draw a picture of a beautiful girl.
Post the pictures and discuss the students’ interpretation of pretty girls and tough guys. All the pictures should be different because we are all different and there are lots of ways to be pretty and to be tough.
Read About IT
Read aloud and discuss:
Stand Tall Molly-Lou Melon by Patty Lovell illustrated by David Catrow
I want Your Moo A Story About Self-Esteem by Marcella Bakur Weiner & Jill Neimark illustrated by Jairo Barragan
Paper, pencils, yellow, pink and purple crayons
Special Needs: Modifications will be used for special needs children included in the classroom. This lesson can also be used as small group instruction in the resource room.
Multicultural Connections: Discussion can include exclusion based on individual difference and the importance of respect regardless of those differences.