|Age||Children 7-10||X Children 11-14||Mixed Ages||Virginia Standards of Learning|
English 3.1, 3.2, 3.8, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 7.3, 8.3
Health 3.1, 3.2, 4.2, 4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 6.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.3, 8.4
|Setting||X Classroom||Camp||X Either|
Project Skill: Describing media images of men and women, discussing how we view our bodies
Success Indicators: As a result of this activity, children will be able to:
- differentiate between body sizes portrayed in “media” and in “real” life
- express a positive attitude and respect towards different-sized and shaped persons, including one’s own body
- learn that thinness does not necessarily equate with “healthy”
Life Skills: Accepting differences, Character, Self-esteem
Preparation Time: Bring DVD. Review discussion questions.
- Computer with video and LCD projector, or DVD player
- Looking at Looks (VCE publication 348-245)
- How Do YOU See Yourself? (VCE publication 348-254)
- Body Talk DVD (grades 4-6)
- Hand out How Do YOU See Yourself? to the class before showing the video. Ask them to circle the size they think best represents them. Then have them put a star above the figure that they consider “ideal.”
- Show the Body Talk DVD. You don’t have to show the whole video.
- Go over the discussion questions.
- Distribute the Looking at Looks handout. Have students share their reactions to the statements.
- Give students a few minutes to absorb the video and respond to questions.
- What did the individuals in the video say that you agreed with? Disagreed with?
- How did it feel to hear what they were saying?
- What were some common thoughts you heard?
- Why is it important for other people to know how other kids your age feel?
- What are some of our ideals about “looks”?
- How have you changed your ideas about your own size as a result of this activity?
- What are some ways you can feel good about your size and looks?
- Where else in your life is body image or appearance an important factor
|Be positive about your body and yourself.|
You can’t change your height and frame, but you can change your attitude.
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December 14, 2011