Sharing Our Strengths

Social Studies

Students appreciate their own unique talents—and that of others—by presenting an interest, talent, or hobby.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Tell the class that you would like them to get to know one another a little better by exploring special skills—those other than the reading, writing, speaking, and problem-solving that are traditionally valued in school. Acknowledge the following concepts:
    • Sometimes, kids who struggle with pencil-and-paper activities during the school day achieve success in hobbies or extracurricular activities.
    • Sometimes, these interests develop into careers later in life.
    • By sharing some of these interests, we can learn a great deal about ourselves and others.
  2. Model a sharing presentation by bringing in a sample of a hobby or an interest. Describe what it is, how you do it, and what you like about doing it. Share problems or difficulties you've had to overcome in order to succeed. Invite questions from the class.
  3. Hand out the Planning Sheet. Have students brainstorm a list of interests and talents. Help each of them choose one that would make the most interesting five-minute presentation. Encourage students to bring in samples, photos, trophies, recipes—whatever represents the special talent or interest.
  4. When students are prepared, divide the class into groups of about five to share presentations.

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