Body Image Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about body image. Students will be able to answer questions using textual evidence to support their answers and summarize the media's role in the development of body image.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on body image, students will be able to:

  • Cite textual evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Summarize the media's influence on the development of body image.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.


  • appearance
  • body image
  • compliments
  • confident
  • media
  • visualize


  • Copies of the worksheet
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Used magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Sticky notes

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with students before reading the lesson.
  • Read What is Body Image? - Lesson for Kids as a class, and discuss the following questions:
    • What are some different aspects of body image?
    • Describe a person with a positive body image.
    • Describe a person with a negative body image.
    • Turn and talk: When you visualize your appearance in 5 years, what do you see?
    • Turn and talk: Tell about a time that a classmate said something that had a negative impact on your body image. How did you respond?
    • What are some ways that the media affects body image?
    • Turn and talk: What are some of your unique qualities that make you special?
    • What are some things you can do to help improve someone else's body image?
  • Ask if there are any questions; then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.



Materials: Copies of the lesson, paper, pens, used magazines, construction paper, glue, scissors, sticky notes

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