Image Gap - Lesson Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 5 to 8

Author: This lesson has been adapted from Smoke-Free for Life, a smoking prevention curriculum supplement from the Nova Scotia Department of Health, Drug Dependency and Tobacco Control Unit.


This lesson helps students understand how self-image can influence lifestyle choices. Students begin by identifying those qualities they admire most in peers, and by comparing their self-image with these qualities. They learn to identify self-image "problems" and develop positive strategies for dealing with these problems.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • an awareness of the role that self-esteem plays in guiding lifestyle choices
  • an ability to implement positive strategies to counter poor self-image

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) is available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.

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