What is self-concept? Using age-appropriate language and activities, this lesson introduces the term to Grade 1 students and helps them understand how it goes beyond physical appearance.
The lesson begins with an experiential SEL activity that makes the idea of self-concept tangible for young learners. A mirror is passed around, and each student looks at themselves in it. They then say their names aloud and repeat, "I like what I see when I do positive actions."
The teacher then asks the students to raise their hands if they want a strong, healthy, positive self-concept. The importance of doing positive actions in building a positive self-concept is discussed, and students are encouraged to think of positive things they can see in themselves, such as being helpful, kind, and hardworking.
"The importance of doing positive actions in building a positive self-concept is discussed, and students are encouraged to think of positive things they can see in themselves, such as being helpful, kind, and hardworking."
To reinforce the ideas discussed and help students remember what they have learned, the class sings the "Self-Concept Song." Afterward, the teacher writes the word “Self-Concept” and its definition on the board. The class then recites it together several times.
Finally, if time permits, the students have a second chance to look in the mirror and say their names followed by a positive thing they see about themselves. This serves as an uplifting way for them to end the lesson with a sense of self-confidence and pride.
By engaging with this lesson, Grade 1 students begin to develop an understanding of self-concept and its relationship to positive actions.