Learning Goal

Students will be able to describe the difference between positive and negative self-talk.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Name positive qualities about themselves
  • Describe the differences between positive and negative self-talk

Learning Summary


Research suggests that it takes five positive interactions to make up for a single negative interaction in a relationship; the same is true of self-talk. This means we need a conscious, active process of positive self-talk in order to make up for our brains’ negative wiring.

This lesson helps your students discover and practice it. This lesson begins with a mindful moment in which students learn a new breathing technique called the 3-3-4 breath. You then lead a short conversation to define self-talk, followed by a Munchy and Jumpy story. In the story, Munchy realizes all the negative messages he is sending himself throughout the day and works on switching those thoughts to positive comments. Students will discuss the story then create a flower drawing with each petal showing an affirming statement or drawing about themselves. After the activity, students share out one of their positive self-talk affirmations. Students end by reflecting in their journal through a drawing of how they feel when they are kind to themselves.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.