Ashley Braswell
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Material Type:
Middle School
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    Searching for Self-Concept

    Searching for Self-Concept


    This lesson plan is about self-concept. Students will do a Nearpod to teach them about self-concept, participate in activities that connect to the Dimensions of Wellness to help teach self-care, complete an All About Me Newspaper to analyze themselves and complete a personality assessment to help understand themselves.


    This lesson is an introduction to self-concept. It is a blended learning lesson that combines online and in class instruction.

    • Time frame: 70 minutes
    • Format: blended; face-to-face with online aspects


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to identify skills which lead to an understanding of self, such as personality assessments, goal setting, and personal responsibilty.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will complete activities that allow them to self-assess their own self-concept, including a personality assessment and a Read All About Me Newspaper worksheet.

    Strand & Standards

    • FCS Exploration, Strand 5, Standard 1c: Identify skills which lead to an understanding of self (self-esteem, self-concept/self-confidence, how to build self-concept/self-confidence, and personality assessment).


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of basic computer skills, as this lesson has online components. This lesson is an introduction lesson, so there is no other background knowledge needed.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    This lesson provides opportunities for students to work at their own pace. Activities can be changed as needed.

    Step 3 - Instruction

    The Google Slides should guide the instructor through all the sections.

    Preclass: As students walk in, display the first slide and have the students write down their answers to the Quest Question.

    Section 1: Wellness Wheel (15-20 minutes)

    1. Students are introduced to the concept of the Wellness Wheel and the dimensions of wellness. The teacher reads some excerpts from the article "Dimensions of wellness: Change your habits, change your life" by Debbie L. Stoewen to give students an understanding on why wellness is important. The instructor then leads the students through 5 activities to help with wellness.
    2. Activity #1 - Emotional Excellence: Positive Affirmations; The teacher reads the positive affirmations first and then the whole class repeats them together.

    3. Activity #2 - Intellectual Ideas: Quote of the Day; The teacher reads the quote to the students and the students take about a minute to write their thoughts about the quote.

    4. Activity #3 - Physical Fun: Chair Yoga; The teacher shows a 5 minute video of exercises the students follow along with.

    5. Activity #4 - Social Share: Quest Question; The teacher hands out UNO cards to each student. The UNO cards should have a colored sticker on the back. The students find a partner with the same category and share their answer to the class period's Quest Question.

    6. Activity #5 - Spiritual Fuel: Minute Meditation; The students watch a minute video that leads them through a quick breathing exercise.

    Section 2: Blended Learning/Independent Work (40 minutes)

    1. The teacher explains what blended learning is and how it is beneficial to students. Students are given about 40 minutes to complete their assignments at their own pace.
    2. Assignment #1 - Nearpod; Students are given a Nearpod to complete. The Nearpod gives them backgound information on self-concept. It should take them about 15-20 minutes.
    3. Assignment #2 - Fruit Personality Profile; The personality profile comes from Sean Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The students complete it to fill out part of their Read All About Me worksheet.
    4. Assignment #3 - Read All About Me; Students complete the worksheet.

    Section 3: Teacher Talk (10-15 minutes)

    1. The teacher explains The Roots of Knowledge exhibit that is located at Utah Valley University. 

      Roots of Knowledge is a permanent stained glass display completed in 2016 at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, Utah, United States. The creation of the exhibit was designed and overseen by stained glass artists Tom Holdman and Cameron Oscarson. It took over 12 years and cost US$4.5 million to complete.

      The Roots of Knowledge is a permanent stained glass exhibit in the Ira A. and Mary Lou Fulton Library at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah in the United States. It is 200 feet (61 m) long, about 10 feet (3.0 m) tall, and comprising 80 separate panes. Each of the panels was handcrafted from over 43,000 pieces of glass depicting part of the progress of human knowledge during recorded history. The exhibit depicts both religious and secular events and objects.

      In addition to the stained, blown, fused, and carved glass used for most of the window, other objects were incorporated into the display. These included a shark's tooth, part of the Berlin Wall, a Purple Heart medal, a $5 bill from 1777, and glass from NASA.[2][3][5][7] Part of the window incorporates a replication of the oldest stained glass known: a window created in 647 AD at The Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Monkwearmouth–Jarrow in England.

      Wikipedia contributors. (2023, January 19). Roots of Knowledge. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:29, July 25, 2023, from

    2. The teacher reads the book The Piece That is You by Gayle Holdman. The storybook is about Tom Holdman who created The Roots of Knowledge exhibit. The book talks about how he struggled to talk when he was a young child, but he found his voice through art. The book talks about how stained glass windows have a lot of different pieces but they all come together to make the big picture. So, explain to students how the "piece that is YOU" is important.

    Section 4: Group Game (5 minutes)

    1. Heads Up 7 Up: Students play a game together to build classroom unity.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    1. Nearpod Assignment
    2. Read All About Me Worksheet
    3. Teacher observations