Lesson Plan

"I am..." An Amazing Affirmation

Students will use the song "What I Am" to create visual and media explanations of their own positive self image statements
Lindsay F.
Classroom teacher
Parkview Elementary School
Fort Worth, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Students will be able to...

Create a wordle of descriptive positive self-esteem words

Create a video of descriptive positive self-esteem statements

Create an video short of their positive self-esteem statements 

Identify adjectives as describing words

English Language Arts
Grades 1 – 2
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Introduce the video "What I Am" by will.i.am

Explain to the students that they should view the video and listen to the lyrics (words).

Students should make a list (written, ticked on fingers, etc.) of three to five "I am..." descriptive words (adjectives) that they noticed during the song.


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other

Ask students to share their describing words (adjectives).

Explain to students that they will be creating a wordle and a video of their own "I am..." statement similar to the various characters in the video. I use the following guidelines:

1) The word must be one descriptive word appropriate for school. (Ex: "I am...artistic." instead of "I am... an artist.")

2) The word must be found in the dictionary. (Ex: "I am... fantastic." or "I am... fabulous." instead of "I am... fantabulous!")

3) The word must be positive or have positive connotation. (Ex: "I am... unique." instead of "I am... weird/crazy.")

4) The word represents what YOU think about YOURSELF. Positive affirmations and compliments are allowed but no one will criticize or negate your opinion of yourself.

3 Guided Practice

Have students create a list of five to ten words that they think describe themselves. Check for spelling as they will copy this list.

Using Tagxedo, create a wordle including the student's first name and the five to ten descriptive words.

Show students how to change the color theme. Allow them to choose their color theme.

Show students how to choose a shape. Allow them to choose their shape.

Save the projects and have students email them to the teacher for use in the Independent Practice portion.

4 Independent Practice

Using a hand held video device (iPod Touch, Flip camera, phone, etc.) have students record their own "I am..." statement.

NOTE: If you have never used Animoto before with students, you will need to introduce them to this app before proceeding.

Assist students in pulling up their Tagxedo file so that they can film and narrate over the file. 

Create individual videos with Animoto allowing students to make independent choices on editing and content.

Compile all individual videos into a class or grade level video.



5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Broadcasting

Have a "feature film" event and share the "I am..." video after setting the stage for others by showing the inspiration video from the HOOK section.