Self Awareness

OFE Guidance Lessons

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PreK and Kinder

Today’s lesson is all about Self Awareness. What do those words mean? Self Awareness. Let’s break it down. What does self mean?

Self is just another word for you. Like the word mySELF...self is a word for a person and today that person is you. Now, does anyone know what awareness means? That’s a big word.

Awareness is just a big word that means to know or learn something. So today, we are going to learn all about you. There are so many things that we can learn about you. Maybe we can learn what things you like, maybe something you are really good at, or maybe even something you need help with. All of us are different. We may like different things, be good at different things, need help with different things, and that is okay. It is really important to know all of these things. Let’s learn why.

Watch and Sesame Street sing "What I Am"

Watch Cupcake

Discuss After Watching

Explain to students that we are each unique and special.

  • What made some of the cupcakes special?
  • What makes you special?
  • What are some of your talents?
  • Do you have things that you are still working on?


Cupcake Design

The students will design their own cupcake, then write or draw what makes them special and unique.

1st and 2nd Grade

Watch Spoon

Discuss After Watching

Each of us have unique qualities.

  • What makes you unique?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What are things you are still working on?


All About Me Quilt

Materials needed: Small square sheets of paper, Markers

After talking about all the things we now know about you, we are going to make a quilt. It’s a quilt made of paper. And each one of us is going to have a piece of the quilt because each one of us is unique and special. So on one side of our quilt piece we are going to put our name and fingerprint. We are going to put our fingerprint on it because our fingerprints are unique just like we are. On the other side, you are going to be able to decorate the quilt piece however you like but you have to have things that you are strong at, things that you like and maybe a job that you want to have one day.

Self-Awareness Dice Game

Play the Self-Awareness Dice Game with a friend and learn more about each other.

3rd and 4th Grade

Watch "Hero: An Animated Short on Self-Identity"

Discuss After Watching

  • Why did all the characters have cubes on their heads?
  • What was the main character’s hope?
  • What did you notice about the main character’s response to other’s criticism?
  • How do you respond to criticism?
  • How could you tell the main character was trying to improve?
  • How are you trying to improve?


Tearing Off Your Labels

Have the kids stand/sit in a circle. The kids will go around in the circle naming various things as fast as they can. You will time each round. You can have them do rounds multiple times if you/they want to try to improve their time.

Round 1- say their name

Round 2- say name of person to their left

Round 3- say a cartoon character or sports figure


  • Why could we say our own names faster than the name of others?

  • How easy is it for us to look or act like someone else?

  • What makes a person unique?

  • How hard is it not to compare yourselves to others? Does comparing ourselves to others help us to be our best self?

  • Why is it important to be the “real” you?

  • Is being the “real you” easier or harder than pretending you are someone else? Why? What things would make it easier?

5th Grade

Middle School Course Selection

All 5th grade students will select their 6th grade courses in Naviance.