Look Inside–-Get to Know Me

Look Inside–-Get to Know Me lesson plan

What do you know about other students in your club, camp, or class? Clues are hiding in these cool cups!

  • 1.

    During the beginning days of the school year, invite students to get to know each other. Ask students to write clues about themselves and wrap them up!

  • 2.

    Create a tie-dye lid: Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Fold a coffee filter in half. With Crayola® Washable Gel Markers, make colorful designs. Draw s-l-o-w-l-y so the dye seeps through the filter. Unfold the filter. For a tie-dye look, spray with water. Air-dry the filter.

  • 3.

    Add clues: Ask students to think about something that they adore. Pick a favorite hobby, animal, place, or game, for example. Students create a replica of their symbols with Crayola Model Magic.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut strips of paper. On each strip, students describe themselves to others using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils: "I love anchovies." "I have a black belt in karate." Ask students to place clues and their replicas inside recycled plastic containers.

  • 5.

    Tie it up: Students place decorated filters on the recycled plastic containers. Working in pairs, one students asks a partner to hold the filter while he ties it with ribbon.

  • 6.

    Look inside! Each day, students choose two or three cups. Use the clues to figure out who is in the class!


  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identity such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Possible classroom resource includes: The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • After reading The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown, students work in teams to interview each other in identifying what makes each of them an individual, what they are interested in doing, what type of personalities they have, etc. Write down responses from teammates. Individually, student select the pieces of information to include inside the Get to Know Me cups. These can be displayed in the classroom for daily investigation into classmates.