Extension Activities

Self-Awareness | Grades 4-5

Learning Goal 2: Demonstrates awareness of personal strengths, challenges, aspirations and cultural, linguistic, and community assets.

Go back: Core Ed.

Go back: Intervention Ed.

Benchmark 1: Describe the personal strengths and assets they possess that make them successful members of their school and community.

Take it further — integrate!

  • When reading a story, ask: "What traits does this character have? Why do you think that?" Then ask: "What traits do you personally share with the character?"

  • Students are presented with a community or school need, and students identify a personal asset that would help address the need.

  • Have students complete a project to identify their own personal interests or strengths, through drawing a picture or writing brief answers on a worksheet to share with a caregiver at home or in peer pair share.

Benchmark 2: Identify and explore opportunities to develop skills and talents.

  • What Shoes Will You Wear? (Buy)

Take it further — integrate!

  • Ask students to identify their own personal strengths and weaknesses that they’d like to work on in an art project or journal activity.

  • Routinely give students the opportunity to reflect on what they like to do and what they’re good at. “I can tell you really liked the math/science project we just did. Why do you think you liked this activity especially?”

  • Routinely give students the opportunity to reflect on what they like to read or what kinds of stories or poems they prefer and why. “Why do you think you liked this story especially?” or “Why do you think you like reading these kinds of books?”

Benchmark 3: Determine ways to use family, school and community resources to accomplish tasks.

Take it further — integrate!

  • When reading a story, ask: "Which parts are confusing to you? What do you need to not be confused?"

  • Help students identify a need in the community and develop a project to address the need. As part of the project, ask students to brainstorm and execute ways of using family, school and community resources to complete the project.