Grade 1 students embark on a journey to self-discovery as their teacher reads a series of descriptions, and they decide whether each one is true for them or not. When a description is true for them, they stand up. When it is not, they remain seated. Through this SEL activity, students reflect on their self-concept and gain new insights into how they see themselves. They are encouraged to share their realizations with the class.
Building on this exercise, the teacher explains how everyone is different and introduces the concept of uniqueness. To help students internalize this idea, the teacher asks them to recite the word "unique" and its definition several times.
"Maurice’s story serves as a reminder that positive actions can improve one’s self-concept and that reaching out to others can help alleviate loneliness."
Finally, the teacher reads a story about Maurice the Mouse, who feels lonely despite feeling good about himself. He has everything he needs with him except company. To address this, he takes positive action and invites his cousin Marrott to live with him. Now his life is bound to become happier and more fulfilling!
Maurice’s story serves as a reminder that positive actions can improve one’s self-concept and that reaching out to others can help alleviate loneliness.
Overall, this lesson helps students develop a positive self-concept, appreciate their uniqueness, and recognize the value of positive actions in improving their lives.