Class Pride and Goals
- Grades: 6–8
- Unit Plan:
This lesson will build class pride and help students see that setting goals and accomplishments builds self-esteem.
Students will reflect and list five unique talents enabling entire class to see how talented they all are. Goals make you feel better about yourself. Goals build self-esteem. Goals help you avoid making choices that will hurt you.
- Complete a list of personal talents/traits
- Set realistic personal goals for themselves
- Be able to describe and share their peers talents and how that contributes to class pride
Journal notebooks, pencils, markers, strips of construction paper (5 strips for each student), tape, glue, stapler
- Ask students to think about their special talents. After a brief discussion, have students write down at least five things they d\o well.
- After they have finished, call on different students to share some of their talents.
- Have students select five different colored paper strips. Using markers, have them write one talent on each strip of paper.
- Have students make a paper chain out of their strips and to join with each other.
Supporting All Learners
Explain the relationship between goals and self-esteem. Reaching a goal helps your self-esteem because you have succeeded in doing something that you wanted to do. You have a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Many students may have goals to which they aspire without really knowing how to achieve their goals. Ask students to choose a goal that they want to achieve. Have them think about and write about what they will have to do in order to reach that goal.
Have students ask their parents what goals they had when they were in middle school and which of these goals did they actually achieve?
Did students set realistic goals?
Once the entire chain is constructed and linked together, and all students are standing holding their portion, ask the class what this chain demonstrates (all students have talents that they do well.) Ask students to write about the outcomes of this activity in their journals. Hang the completed chain up in your room to remind students of their unique talents (individually and collectively) and refer to it as needed.