Unit 9

Skills Building: I Am Enough (PK-2)

Unit 9 Skills Building

Written by Grace Byers and Illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

TEKS: Reading K.5(E); 1.6(E); 2.6(E); 3.6(E); 4.6(E); 5.6(E)

Pre Reading Questions

  1. Have you ever felt like you weren’t good enough or felt bad about yourself?
  2. Is there anything you can do to make yourself feel better when you think this way?
  3. Think of one good thing about yourself and share it with the person next to you.

Post Reading Questions

  1. What did you notice about the people in the book?
  2. How were the people in the book the same? How were they different?
  3. Did reading this book remind you of other things that make you take pride in yourself?
  4. How did you feel while reading this book?
  5. What can this book teach us about mindfulness?

Creative Enrichment Activity: I Love Me Tree (PK-2)

Overview: I n the book, I am Enough, we learned that we are beautiful and unique just as we are. During this activity, we will take turns recording the things that make us special and the positive self-talk we can use when we feel down or frustrated. The “I Love Me Tree” will serve as a wonderful personal reminder of who we are.

● White cardstock
● Pencil
● Markers
● Crayons (various skin tones)
● Green finger paint
● Paper plates
● Paper towels

Duration: 30 minutes

● 3 minutes – Explain the activity
● 2 minutes – Pass out supplies
● 10 minutes – Create tree trunk
● 10 minutes – Fingerprint l eaves
● 5 minutes – Clean up and reflect


  1. Before the activity, have supplies out and ready to go.
  2. Have students spread out at tables. Give one piece of cardstock and a pencil to each student.
  3. Have each student write their name on the back of their paper.
  4. Next, have each student trace their forearm and hand on their paper (their forearm is the trunk of the tree and their fingers are the branches).
  5. Once they have traced their forearm and hand with a pencil, have them outline the pencil with a black marker.
  6. Next, have students write, “I Love Me” in the middle of their tree trunk with their name.
  7. Then, have each student think of five things that they love about themselves and write each on one of the branches. For younger students, have teachers write as the students dictate.
  8. When done, have them select a crayon to match their skin tone. Students may need to mix several colors together. Remind them that their skin is beautiful exactly as it is! Have them color the trunk of the tree.
  9. With their trunk complete, pass out paper plates with various shades of green paint.
  10. Using one finger, students will dip into the paint and create l eaves using their unique fingerprints (another thing that makes them special!).
  11. Once the paint dries, students can add grass, clouds, the sun, flowers, etc., using crayons.
  12. Clean up and have students put their “trees” where they can dry.
  13. Gather students into a circle for reflection.

Reflection Questions

  • How did you feel when thinking of positive things to write about yourself?
  • What are some things that you love about yourself?
  • How can you use your “I Love Me” tree when you are feeling sad or lonely?
  • Did you have any challenges or difficulties during this activity? What were they?
  • How did you overcome any challenges or difficulties?