Self-Discipline Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Explore the concept of self-discipline with your students using this lesson plan for guidance. A text lesson defines the term using simple examples, then students use active learning to deepen understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • define self-discipline
  • identify and provide examples of self-discipline
  • explain why self-discipline is important
  • describe ways to have self-discipline


1 hour

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4

Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.


  • Copies of the lesson Self-Discipline Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples
  • Cookies
  • Copy of the text Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst
  • Colored pencils
  • Paper
  • Slips of paper with situations written for which students might NOT show self-discipline (e.g., not putting supplies away neatly), enough slips for your class size

Key Vocabulary

  • Self-discipline
  • Commitment

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Place a cookie on each student's desktop, asking them not to touch it or eat it yet.
  • Next, read aloud the story Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, by Judith Viorst.
  • When finished, ask students the following:
    • How does it feel to have your cookie so close and not be able to eat it?
    • What methods are you using to keep yourself from eating it?
  • Allow students to eat their cookie, then tell them they used self-discipline when not eating their cookie.

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