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Personal identity and self-worth: me — right now!

Possible Learning Activities

  • Students could write their name, draw a picture, or use a photo of themselves as a centre piece to develop a mind map, spider’s web, shield, collage, or mobile that identifies a selection of characteristics or features about themselves. These could include:
    • their favourite things, such as a book, music, a food, a colour, or an animal
    • people who are special to them, such as family members, friends, TV characters, sportspeople, or local personalities
    • hobbies and games they enjoy
    • special events, such as Christmas, cultural festivities, or sports matches
    • things that they are good at
    • things they would like to be better at. 

Students could share their profiles with the whole class or with two or three class members that they don’t know so well.

  • Students can use a pre-school photo to create a timeline, poster, story, song, or role-play to identify how they are the same and how they are different now. If students don’t have a photo, they could draw a picture of themselves before they turned five.
  • Working in groups of three or four, each student could identify two or three strengths of each other member of the group. They then combine these strengths to create one “special classmate” for the group. Each group shares their creation with the whole class.
  • The challenge is to link the whole class by features in common, as in a chain of dominoes. Students can seek another class member who shares a common feature, for example, brown eyes, a pet cat, or that they both like fish and chips. They form a pair and then seek out another pair to find something that one member of each pair has in common. This will link these two pairs. Then the other mem­ber of each pair does the same. Repeat the activity for features that are different.

Suggested Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • identify their uniqueness and demonstrate skills of self-awareness by building a personal profile (2A4)
  • acknowledge differences and similarities between themselves and others (2C2)
  • acknowledge and accept compliments (2C3).

Hauora (particularly taha wairua)

Focusing on personal identity and self-worth.

Attitudes and Values

Developing a positive and responsible attitude towards their own well-being and respecting the rights of others.

Teacher's Note

Other activities can be found in Reaching Forward, pages 16-17, and Alike and Different, pages 13-14.


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