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Level: Primary
Grades: K-2 | Age: 5-8 | Written by: Linda J. DiPasquale-Morello
[Linda is a teacher at John C. Milanesi School in Buena, NJ]

Students will create portraits of themselves after reading the book "I Like Me" by Nancy Carlson.


Students will be able to learn to respect one another for their likenesses and differences.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Read a wonderful story to them, like I Like Me, discuss self-esteem, likenesses, differences; what makes us special, what we like to do etc...

  2. Have children create a portrait of themselves looking into mirrors for fine details, play music while they are creating their images; when completed, collect and save for Back to School Night to use with parents. Parents will take their child's image and using only the letters of their child's name write words that describe their child:

  3. An example: Brandon;(vertical form)
B right
R eady to learn
A nxious at times
D ependable
O nly child
N ice boy

This activity can be used as an ice breaker to get to know your students and parents.

Recommended Books/Products:
I Like Me
by Nancy L. Carlson
By admiring her finer points and showing that she can take care of herself and have fun even when there's no one else around, a charming pig proves the best friend you can have is yourself.

The King And I: Original Animated Feature Soundtrack (1999 Film)
Includes the song - Getting to Know You.

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