Activity Overview

Positive self-talk is an inner dialogue that we have with ourselves that makes us feel confident and good about our lives. It helps us look on the bright side, make good choices, and pick ourselves up when we are feeling down. It also reminds us that failure is a part of life and we can’t let things or people bring us down. Positive talk is not easy to come by, and it is important to teach children about its benefits at a young age. For this activity, students are given a variety of negative self-talk examples. They must complete the self-talk chart, turning negative words into positive words. Teachers may also choose to give students a blank template and ask them to come up with their own examples of negative self-talk to turn positive. The provided example includes 2 situations, but the teacher may add more.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Complete the self talk chart, turning negative self-talk into positive self-talk.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. In the blank description boxes on the right, write a positive sentence in place of the negative sentence to its left.
  3. In each cell, create an illustration that represents the descriptions using appropriate characters, scenes, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/1/1] Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/2/2] Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • [ELA-Literacy/SL/4/1] Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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5 Points
3 Points
1 Points
The descriptions are clear and at least two sentences.
The descriptions can be understood but it are somewhat unclear.
The descriptions are unclear and are not at least two sentences.
The illustrations represent the descriptions using appropriate scenes, characters and items.
The illustrations relate to the descriptions, but are difficult to understand.
The illustrations do not clearly relate to the descriptions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are somewhat correct.
Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly incorrect.

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