Self-Discipline Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Are you looking for an engaging way to teach your class about self-discipline? This lesson plan uses food, candy, and an informative text lesson to grab and keep your students' attention as they about self-discipline.

Learning Objectives

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

  • define 'self-discipline'
  • outline the characteristics and personal behaviors associated with self-discipline


45 minutes to 1 hour

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


  • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies
  • Napkins or paper towels
  • Fun-sized packs of candy
  • The quiz associated with this lesson

Key Vocabulary

  • Self-discipline


  • Place one chocolate chip cookie on a napkin/paper towel in front of each student.
  • Say the following to the students: You can choose to eat the cookie now or wait. I am going to reward the students who can show 'self-discipline' in regards to the cookies.
  • Now wait three to five minutes.
  • As this time passes, write 'self-discipline' on the board.
  • When the time has elapsed, address the following questions:
    • How many students ate their cookies? How many did not?
    • What does this have to do with self-discipline?
    • Discuss these ideas briefly as a class.
  • Reward the students who did not eat their cookies with a fun-sized pack of candy before continuing.

Discussion Questions

  • What is self-discipline?
  • What types of behaviors demonstrate a strong sense of self-discipline?

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