What I Like About Me by Allia Zobel Nolan makes a great class for grades K-2 to build self esteem and talk about diversity. I love to encourage my younger students to feel good about themselves. This book is a great way to do it. Here is my lesson plan:
1. Ask students if they can think of anything that they like about themselves? Ask if they would like to live in a world where everyone is the same? Foster a brief discussion.
2. Tell students you are going to read a book about kids that love themselves and others.
3. Read What I Like About Me.
4. The last page of this book is an actual mirror (how fun!) that students can use to look at their reflection. Give each student a chance to look in the mirror and say what they like about themselves aloud to the class. Explain to students that we all look and like different things about ourselves. Emphasize that this is what makes us special!
5. Next, ask students to go back to their desks and draw a What I Like About Me picture!
6. Close the lesson by telling students to bring home their papers to share with their families.
When you purchase The What I Like About Me Teacher Edition it comes with some great activity sheets you can use in your lesson as well! It also has 20 mini books that students can use to read along!