Student Strengths Lesson

Self-awareness is a crucial social-emotional skill, and awareness of our personal strengths helps us build confidence and prepares us to deal with difficult situations. In this lesson, your students will create a personal strength flower that highlights their individual strengths and this flower will be added to a student strengths garden that showcases the collective abilities for the entire class.

By creating a personal strength flower, students will:

  • reflect on their indivual strengths
  • think about a time when they used a strength
  • consider what positive consequences occurred when they used that strength

And by contributing to a student strengths garden, students will appreciate how individual characteristics contribute to the greater classroom community.

Student Strengths Lesson

Recommended Grade Level: All

SEL Skill(s): Self-awareness, Empathy

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials:

  • Student strengths worksheets: Black-and-white worksheet OR pre-colored
  • Pens/pencils (for in-person lesson)
  • Crayons or markers (for in-person lesson)
  • Sticky notes (for in-person lesson)
  • Virtual option: Google Slides version

Directions for Student Strengths Lesson

Preparation

If you will be using this lesson in person, you should print out a sheet for each student and provide a pen or pencil. There is a black-and-white version of the worksheet if you would like to have students also color in the flower or you can use the pre-colored version of the worksheet. Note: you will only need to provide one flower page per student.

If you want to use the Google Slides version of this lesson, duplicate the flower slides so there are enough for each student and you should fill in one flower to use as an example. Share a link to the slides with your students.

Introducing the activity

Tell your students, “Each of us has different strengths: things that we’re really good at, and our personal strengths can make things better for the people around us. And here in our classroom, every one of you have strengths that make the classroom a better place. Today we’re going to think about our strengths and write them down on a flower.”
Show an example flower

“We’re going to be making a Student Strengths Garden together. Just like a flower can grow from a bulb you plant in the ground, good things can come from your strengths and how you use them. For example,

  • I’m good at [cheering people up],” Show where you wrote this in the bulb.
  • “A time that I used this strength was when I [made silly faces for my sister when she was sick].” Show where you wrote this in the leaf.
  • “When I used my strength, [she laughed and felt better].” Show where you wrote this in the leaf.

Creating a personal strengths flower

“Now each of you will make a flower showing one of your strengths.”

Ask students to choose a flower worksheet or pass them out, and if students will be coloring in their worksheets, distribute markers or crayons.

Ask students to fill out the worksheet by starting at the base of their flower and working up toward the top. Have students write:

  1. Their name
  2. A strength of their own
  3. A time they used that strength
  4. What happened when they used that strength

Combining individual flowers to create a classroom garden

First, have students place their flowers on a wall to create a “classroom garden.” If you are using Google Slides, the individual flowers should already be included. Next, as a group, have student take a “walk” around the garden and look at the individual flowers. After a few minutes, have students return to their seats. Finally, ask students to share what they learned about their classmates strengths.

To wrap up, we encougage you to discuss how all of these individual differences (strengths) create a much stronger group.

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