Teaching Tool - Self-Concept and Sexual Orientation (Grade 5)

These resources teach students the importance of developing a positive self-concept and recognizing factors that might affect it, such as sexual orientation.

Learning goals

  • I will understand the factors that affect the development of my self-concept
  • I will understand how self-concept can support my personal health and well-being
  • I will identify what shapes my self-esteem and self-concept to help build my self-confidence
  • I will assess the effects of stereotypes on self-concept, social inclusion and relationships with others

Core knowledge content

Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.

Ontario curriculum expectations

Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019)

  • D2.4 identify intersecting factors that affect the development of a person's self-concept, including their sexual orientation, and how these factors can support their personal health and well-being. This specific expectation is also connected to the social-emotional learning expectations A1.1 Emotions, 1.2 Coping and 1.5 Self.

Learning activities

Self-concept and sexual orientation presentation

This presentation teaches students the different qualities that play a role in a person's self-concept development, including their sexual orientation.

Media and me

This activity helps to discuss where we get messages on how people should look and act. Using images shown in media and on social media, students will talk about how these can influence a person's self-concept.

What makes me, "me"

In this activity, students will draw or write a representation of themselves to show what features and qualities they think are part of their self-concept.

Exploring self-concept

For this activity, students will draw the outline of a body and use what they've learned about self-concept and sexual orientation. They will draw symbols related to sexual identity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.

Question box / envelope

This activity gives students the opportunity to ask questions anonymously. The questions might be about things that they feel are awkward, embarrassing or uncomfortable to ask in front of their classmates.

Supplementary resources

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