ClassroomResources

Introduction

Introduction

According to numerous studies, low self-esteem in adolescents can negatively affect their performance in school, their relationship with others, and their own self-perception. Access the resources below to teach students how comparisons and bullying can harm self-esteem and practice strategies for negating their influences.

ConfrontingComparisonstoBuildBodyConfidence

Teach students the value of body confidence. They will explore how comparing themselves to others, both in person and in the media, can have negative consequences by investigating “appearance ideals” vs “healthy ideals.” They will learn about the effects of body talk and practice “flipping the script” before reflecting on their own feelings and experiences with comparisons.

Digital Lesson Bundle

PowerPoint

Confronting Comparisons to Build Body Confidence

Grades 4-5
3 Sessions (45 minutes each)

This ready-made PowerPoint Presentation allows educators to use a visual aid as they teach students the three activities included in this Digital Lesson Bundle.

PDF

Educator Guide

Grades 4-5
3 Sessions (45 minutes each)

Download the Educator Guide to learn important tips and slide-by-slide procedures for delivering the PowerPoint Presentation and activities.

Classroom Activity

Appearance Ideals in the Media

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will view the Media & Celebrities video & investigate how television, magazines, movies, and ads use appeal strategies and "appearance ideals" to influence the decisions they make.

Classroom Activity

Body Talk

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will view the Body Talk video before working with a partner to answer questions, including answering how negative body talk can be harmful and investigating how they can change the conversation.

Classroom Activity

Competing and Comparing Looks

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will respond to statements regarding competing and comparing looks in a “four corners” format. Then, they will view the Competing and Comparing Looks video and brainstorm nine things they love about themselves with a focus on what makes them unique.

Classroom Activity

Let’s Talk About Something Else

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will investigate what percentage of their peers’ conversations revolve around appearances and practice ways to redirect the conversations using roleplay.

Classroom Activity

Positive Affirmations

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will learn about body dissatisfaction and positive affirmations before working with peers to create posters or cards featuring each student’s positive qualities, skills, and characteristics.

Bullying&TeasingandTheirEffectsonBodyConfidence

Teach students to identify body confidence and ways to help achieve and maintain it. Students will explore the ideas of body functionality and how focusing on how they feel and function vs how they look can increase their body confidence. Students will be introduced to bullying and teasing with a focus on weight-based issues and explore the connection between bullying and body confidence.

Digital Lesson Bundle

PowerPoint

Bullying and Teasing and Their Effects on Body Confidence

Grades 4-5
3 Sessions (45 minutes each)

This ready-made PowerPoint Presentation allows educators to use a visual aid as they teach students the three activities included in this Digital Lesson Bundle.

PDF

Educator Guide

Grades 4-5
3 Sessions (45 minutes each)

Download the Educator Guide to learn important tips and slide-by-slide procedures for delivering the PowerPoint Presentation and activities.

Classroom Activity

What’s Your Function?!

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will watch the Body Functionality video before acknowledging the things that their bodies do every day, from the most basic functions to special skills.

Classroom Activity

Weight-based bullying: What can I do?

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, the teacher will lead students through a close reading of an informational text on weight-based bullying and teasing and brainstorm exit strategies for when bullying and teasing occurs.

Classroom Activity

Media: What’s the Influence?

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will participate in a classroom-based social experiment that mimics social media usage and demonstrates the “herding effect,” the influence that the actions of others have on one’s decisions.

Classroom Activity

Bullying in Our School: What Can We Do?

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will discuss their school’s bullying policy and make suggestions for revisions to include the issues of weight-based bullying and teasing.

Classroom Activity

Exit and Refusal Strategies

Grades 4-5
45 minutes
In this activity, students will engage in a role play activity to practice using specific strategies to address bullying and teasing.

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By age 9, children begin to be able to view themselves as individual entities and how their bodies interact with the world.


- British Journal of Health Psychology

About the Partnership

The Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education have joined forces to bring Amazing Me to 4th and 5th grade students, educators and families nationwide. We know that students who are confident lead healthier, happier lives. Access our resources to help students realize their full potential and achieve success in school and beyond.

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