Stereotyping K-3


Self Esteem Lesson

Timeframe: 30 minutes




Family modeling of diet and exercise can influence girls’ notions of anti-fat and body dissatisfaction. Overweight children are just as likely to internalize and endorse stigmas pertaining to overweight and obese individuals. This may be due to the media and the belief that weight is solely an issue of individual responsibility (i.e., “they should eat less”). Children can learn that there are many ways to enjoy movement, not only through participating on sports teams.Family modelling of diet and exercise can influence children’s notions that being fat is bad and that it is okay to be dissatisfied with your body. Children begin to associate being overweight with negative connotations. Self esteem is significantly based on the opinions of others as weight and appearance can dictate who children want to have as friends. Learning that everyone is different and it is okay to be different needs to be a primary focus.

Big Ideas

  • Self esteem is an important part of well-being.
  • Self esteem is being aware of who and what you are and accepting yourself.
  • Accepting, respecting, and promoting natural diversity in size and shape contributes to self esteem.
  • Avoid linking acceptance and appearance.


CHART PAPER pre-organized with columns indicating the colour preferences of your student
One of the following BOOKS

  • “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont;
  • “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr;
  • “Why Am I Different?” by Norma Simon;
  • “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis.


HOOK (5-10 MIN)

Do a Read Aloud activity with one of the books. Throughout the reading, stop and ask questions to the class and talk about key messages in the story.


LESSON (15-20 MIN)

  1. Ask the students to: “Turn to your elbow partner, and tell them a colour (or animal or food etc.) you like.”
  2. Make sure students start their sentence with “I like . . .”
  3. Have students introduce their partner with a sentence that starts with “Nick likes . . .”
  4. After each comment, ask the class: “Who else likes . . .?”
  5. Mark student responses on the chart paper to make a graph of how many like each colour (or animal or food, etc.).


Teacher addresses the graph, “notice all of the differences”. Would it be as colourful or as interesting if we all liked red? A rainbow is so colourful and interesting to look at. It’s ok to be different. We’re all unique and that’s what makes everyone interesting.


Book: “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont

Book: “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr

Book: “Why Am I Different?” by Norma Simon

Book: “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis

For further information on these book titles, please access the Resources section on our website.

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