Students bring in meaningful items and discuss their importance.


  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to describe the importance of their objects.
  2. Affective: Students will have the opportunity to express themselves and reveal their interests in a safe social setting.


student items from home


Time Activity Notes
2 min Explain that students will have an opportunity to express themselves and to reveal their interests to the rest of the class by sharing a personal object that represents something they are passionate about or interested in.

This activity is a way to share student interests and passions with the class community.

Remind students to be respectful – items can symbolize different things for different students.

Encourage students to bring a wide range of items (art projects, awards, books, memorabilia, etc).

3 min Have students share their item of importance and explain the significance of the object to the class.

After each student shares, have other students brainstorm adjectives they might use to describe that person’s passion or interest based on their object and presentation.

Have a quick discussion about how these adjectives may translate into their passions and potential career paths.

Model active listening and remind students to be respectful as classmates share.


15 min Continue having other students take turns sharing their objects. Be conscious of individual students’ levels of comfort in front of the classroom.
5 min Wrap up the activity by thanking each student for sharing what they care about and for creating a kinder and more open classroom dynamic. Discussion: What was it like sharing something important to you?

What was it like learning about a classmate’s important item?

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate
and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback on the activity: What went well? What suggestions do they have for making the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
  • Emphasize that everyone’s interests are important, and all should be treated with equal respect and attention.
  • Model active listening by demonstrating an interest in each individual’s item.