Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans Based on my children’s book The Only Me

  • Book appropriate for ages 4-10
  • Lesson plans for children Kindergarten-3rd grade

Lesson Plan 1

Lesson Focus & Goals:

  • Identity
  • Self-concept

Materials Needed:

  • Book: The Only Me
  • Art Supplies: paper, markers and/or crayons, pencils, any other items desired for self-portrait decoration

Structure/Activity:

  1. Read Book.
  2. Answer children’s questions about story, characters, theme, etc.
  3. As a class, make a list of each of Stella and Paige’s unique attributes: create two columns, Paige at the top of one and Stella at the top of the other, and list their individual attributes underneath them.  Attributes can be things actually said in the book, or inferences kids make from the text (i.e. Stella likes to dance; Paige likes to play softball, etc.).
  4. Once the list is complete, discuss how we each are unique individuals – we may have things in common with one another, but we are also our own, special people unlike anyone else.
  5. Finally, have children draw their self-portrait, being sure to highlight their individual features (i.e. eye color, hair color, skin tone, freckles, braces, and so on). For children kindergarten and older, in addition to their portrait, have them make their own list of individual attributes next to their picture – these don’t have to be just physical, they can include hobbies, activities they enjoy, favorite colors, etc.; anything they relate to that helps shape their identity.
  6. When students have completed their self-portrait, you may choose to have them share it with the class and engage in a discussion about how amazing it is that we can all be classmates, friends, community members, etc., yet still be our own, unique, awesome selves. Each child is their own “the only me” in the world! 

Lesson Plan 2

Lesson Focus & Goals:

  • Self-confidence

Materials Needed:

  • Book: The Only Me
  • Art Supplies: paper, markers and/or crayons, pencils, any other items desired for self-portrait decoration

Structure/Activity:

  1. Read Book
  2. Discuss identity & self-esteem – what they each mean
  3. Have kids discuss differences in Paige & Stella’s identities and attributes – make the same list on the board
  4. Discuss how Stella started to feel badly about her self – she was struggling with her sense of identity and self-esteem because she was comparing herself to her sister, Paige.
  5. Have they ever experienced a time in their lives when they compared themselves to others? How did it make them feel? Can they remember times when they felt badly about themselves? What did they do to feel better?
  6. Have each person share verbally (or write) one thing they love about themselves (a quality, trait… anything).
  7. Next, have each child draw a self-portrait of themselves, and around the self-portrait have them write or draw three things they like about themselves, three things they are good at and three things they would want others to know about them. 
  8. Children can choose to share with the class, or you can hang it up on an “About Us” wall in the classroom.