Make friends the first day back to school! This is a "friendly" way to fit in common core writing, and communication skills, or speaking and listening skills. Students make friends and compare/contrast notes about each others' interests and hobbies. They can enjoy interacting with friends while practicing the common core skill of comparing and contrasting at the same time.
This resource offers the perfect opportunity to practice several different communication skills, including interviewing skills, collaboration, listening and speaking skills.
Students interview a partners, then use heart-shaped Venn diagrams to pre-write on any the 7 "friendship-themed topics". Or, they can create a topic of their own.
Kids think and write about how diverse we are, and how much we are alike!
After gathering information about each other, they will share with classmates, orally and/or through a written paragraph.
A follow up activity may be to color and exchange bookmarks with a friend--make it an alternative to exchanging Valentine's Day cards!
The following are the Heart Venn Diagram Topics with accompanying writing prompts.
-Favorite Things/Favourite Things (2 sets of same pages with spelling differences)
-Dreams and Wishes
**There are a few pages that are open-ended for free choice or assigned topics.
The learning opportunities are common core linked to writing and listening and speaking anchor standards. Authentic writing is meaningful writing. Writing about each other and making connections between self and others is important for social awareness and informational/expository writing.
Fun bookmarks to color are included.
As an optional idea, you can use the bookmarks as chain links to create a class friendship chain.
Several common core expectations can be applied by using this resource.
I hope your students enjoy this little resource.
Economy printing: The student pages are printer-friendly pages--in black and white only!
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Note: I used Century Gothic font on some pages. The preview may skew the font, but the actual downloaded file will be fine.