Learning materials and activity sheets
(Download and print before starting lesson)
Aim - These activities are designed to connect students to themselves and are part of a journey of self acceptance and love.
Additional learning activities
Aim - To establish a connection between the students and the world around them through the knowledge that we are all made of star stuff.
Together we are a symphony activity
A4 Blank piece of paper
Aim - To help and encourage students to develop a growth mindset and begin practicing mindfullness.
The elements that connect us
You are a human also known as a homo sapien.
You are one person on a planet of 7.7 billion human beings. We (homo sapiens) come in all colours, shapes and sizes, we speak different languages, we live in different countries and we all like different things.
No matter what our gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religion, beliefs, interests and skills we are all worthy of love and belonging.
(Next time you go for a walk down the street or visit a big city you observe this amazing diversity).
We are all connected by the stars.
The elements/ingredients that make up the stars and the planets are the same elements/ingredients that make up you.
Our bodies are made up of Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen. These elements can be found in every other living creature on Earth, they also make up the Moon, the Earth and the stars.
When you look up at the night sky, remember that you are part of this Universe, you are in this Universe but most importantly of all, the Universe is within you.
We are all connected by stars.
Complete the chemicals that make up me activity sheet.
Hello – I’m me!
My name is ________________________________________.
In this big universe I live on EARTH my planet is 4.5 BILLION years old.
I am one person on a planet of 7.7 BILLION human beings.
This can make me sound very small – and perhaps I am.
But size doesn’t equal importance.
And being small doesn’t mean that my actions aren’t meaningful.
Across all space and time, there has only - and will only - ever be one me.
Take a look at yourself in the mirror, your body is made up of trillions of cells. There are many different kinds of cells and each type of cell does a different job, but the inside of almost every cell is the same. Most cells have a centre, this centre is called a Nucleus.
The Nucleus carries 99.9% of your genes!
Genes carry important information about who you are. Your genes are small parts of a chemical called DNA. In total your body has about 20,000 genes! You can think of your genes as recipes - the combination of ingredients that make up you.
Did you know?
There is nearly 2 metres of DNA squeezed into almost every tiny human cell!
Another way we are connected
DNA shows how all life on Earth is related. You share 98.8% of your DNA with chimpanzees, around 90% with Mice, and about 60% with Chickens!
Take a look at the person sitting next to you. You share 99.8% of your DNA with them. Even though we share some of the same DNA we are all unique and different and that is a wonderful thing.
Diversity is what makes Planet Earth so beautiful. We understand that each individual is unique, and recognise our individual differences - these differences can be race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, interests and skills.
A Philosopher named Aristotle refers to diversity as a symphony. If we were all the same it would be like reducing symphony to a single beat.
Complete the all about me activity sheet.
Definition of Kindness
According to the Oxford Dictionary is - The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Self Acceptance
What is being kind to you?
Kindness is being able to see the beauty in yourself, the beauty in others and the beauty in the world around you.
Kindness is free yet it’s effects are priceless, these effects can be felt for generations to come. Be gentle and kind to yourself and those around you. The more compassionate you are to yourself the more compassionate you are to others.
journey of self
There are two types of mindsets we can develop, one that embraces challenges as opportunities to learn and one that avoids them, often out of fear of failing.
Through out this program we support and encourage philosophical and critical thinking, these are all part of developing our growth mindset.
Have an open mind
See for yourself
Learn and discover for yourself
Develop your own morals, values and beliefs
As humans we have this incredible ability to experience emotions, emotions are a good thing and having the courage to feel everything in your life is not a sign of weakness.
Emotions come in pairs, with happiness come sadness. We cannot selectively choose to numb one emotion, if we numbed sadness we also numb joy.
All these feelings/emotions are part of what make you human. Being able to understand your emotions (what emotion you are feeling and why) and then choosing if your actions reflect those emotions is called emotional intelligence (EI).
You are doing some maths homework and finding it really difficult. This makes you feel angry so you might storm away from the table. Instead you can stop, recognise that you are feeling frustrated because you don’t quite understand how to do the maths problem, take a deep breathe, you could kindly ask an adult for some help or move on to the next question.
Have you ever felt anxious? what did it feel like?
Feeling anxious is when you feel nervous and worried about doing something, sometimes it feels like having butterflies or your heart might beat really fast.
This anxiousness often stems from the unknown, from uncertainty. Part of having a growth mindset is being able to recognise this and decide whether or not to act on it. For example we can feel anxious about joining a new sports team, we might decide not to go or we can decide to embrace the anxiety but go anyway!
Sometime we might feel anxious about failing. We are able to decide for ourselves what failure is. Failing is not a bad thing, see it more as an opportunity to learn and grow.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all ”
— J.K. ROWLING
You are remarkably brave and bravely remarkable!
ACTIVITY FOR IF YOU FEEL ANXIOUS
Let’s write down some of our goals - these can be big or small. Perhaps you’d like to start a new hobby or maybe you’d like to make some new friends.
Put it under a microscope
How do you feel when you think about this goal? Does it make you feel anxious? What is it that makes you feel anxious? Maybe you are nervous to meet new people, maybe you are scared you’ll be bad at it?
2. Put your anxiety into context?
What are you missing out on if you don’t do it? What is the worst thing that could happen?
3. Rationalise it
What is the probability of that happening?
4. Embrace it
Take a deep breathe. Embrace challenges and understand that failing is part of learning. The more we practice the thing that makes us nervous the easier it becomes.
We live in an amazing time for realising human potential.
We live in an era of heightened access to knowledge. Education has never been so available. The internet allows us to pursue our curiosity with an infinitude of resources. It also allows us to spread and share our discoveries, theories and ideas. Opening the space for discussion, collaboration and advancing us as a species.
You are the new philosophers, the change drivers, the discoverers, the scientists, researchers, artists, influencers.
There is a vast ocean of possibilities and you are a new wave.
Think about some of the cool things humans have created and discovered!
Can you create your own list of cool discoveries or creations human have made?
Use human creations activity sheet.
We encourage following curiosity, for it could lead to a passion. No adventure or scientist ever discovered anything new without following curiosity. If you chose to follow it, who knows what discoveries you’ll make long the way.
What are you curious about?
You don’t need super powers to save the planet
. Let us take a look at some ordinary humans who are doing remarkable things. These are people who are following and trusting in their curiosity and using the skills and knowledge they have to alter the world around them.
We don’t need super powers to make a difference.
Lisa is courageous and inspirational. In 2011, when working with Whales and Dolphins in Port Stephens a Great White shark changed the direction of Lisa’s life forever.
Lisa is a survivor of a Shark attack, but this is not her.
Lisa is a fighter, a fighter for all life on Earth, she is an artist, a singer, a writer and an entrepreneur. To pull light from a dark situation, and change it into something life giving, to us, makes Lisa the very definition of remarkable.
Lisa is an advocate for sharks. Using inspirational speaking, she is educating others on their importance in the ocean and fighting for their protection. Lisa and her Husband Shane are currently working tirelessly to open Ride Water Park in Port Stephens. Ride is a completely environmentally friendly park where people can come an enjoy the best man made waves in the world.
Madison Stewart is a phenomenal young lady from the Gold Coast who, has dedicated her life to protecting sharks. Madi has produced some amazing short videos and documentaries that raise awareness around the importance of sharks and the current threats to their existence. She has written comprehensive guides to safer surfing, exposed Mercury in shark meat and replaced shark fishing with tourism.
Madis current project : Project Hui
In 2018, a small team lead by Madi travelled to one of Indonesia’s largest shark fisheries with one intention, to befriend a shark fisherman. In a world where shark stocks are collapsing, where shark fishermen fish for survival. There is one trade, that can rival the multi million-dollar shark trade. One trade that can save sharks and people, a trade that thrives on something that wont go extinct, tourism.
Who inspires you?
You might be inspired by your parents, your siblings, your friends, a celebrity. Remember like you these people are humans. They share 99.8% of their DNA with you and they are made up of the same chemical elements as you, the stars, the moon and Earth.
Each of us has something different to bring to the world, when we work together we can create wonderful things. Some of us want to be Doctors, or scientists, some of us want to be engineers, or zoo keepers. No matter what we want to be or do it is all this diversity, all these skills, ideas and passions that come together to create something beautiful.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In 2015, representatives from every country on Earth agreed to 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and live sustainability.
They are called the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (or the SDGs).
These goals address problems that every child, adult, school, business and government can work towards solving. These goals rely on diversity (different people bringing different skills and knowledge to the various goals) so that all the goals can be completed.
Together we are a symphony
Let’s celebrate our differences. Trace around your hand and fill it will all the things you love. You can draw or write words, it doesn’t matter. This is all about you.
Developing your Executive Function
Never forget that you are enough.