1.3: Groups

Lesson overview

Theme:Developing identity and self-esteem
Age Group:Year 1
Learning Area:English

Content descriptor

Students use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner.

Teachers notes

  1. Teachers may modify the handout if required to better reflect the make up of their classes and local communities.
  2. Point out to the students that this is not a competition to see who is the most active or sociable or who belongs to the most groups. Groups within the school are also valid. E.g. reading group, maths group, choir.


  1. Ask the class to think about the groups to which they and others belong, including their family.
  2. Ask students to make a list of all the groups that they belong to.
  3. Using the handout: Groups I belong to [DOC], ask students to write the names of the groups to which they belong under the headings provided. Students may decorate the handout with self-depictions which identify them with different groups.
  4. Display the completed handouts and compare and contrast the various groups to which students belong.
  5. Lead a class discussion on the benefits of belonging to a group including:
    1. Why is belonging to a group important?
    2. What kinds of things do people in the same group have in common?
    3. What contributions do people make to the groups to which they belong?
    4. Do groups influence who we are? How?