The Friendship Handbook
The activities in the “Friendship Handbook” help students to develop positive friendships. A host of activities focus on the various aspects of friendship and what one should do to make and keep friends. When done as a group these activities can be adapted to all elementary grade levels. Each activity can lead to lively group discussions and opportunities to guide students toward healthy and happy friendships. Each teacher can draw from their own personal experiences to help their class interact and learn from the lessons. It is my hope that all students will learn a lot about friendship through these activities. Friendship lessons and awareness is also a positive way to approach bullying and unfriendly behavior in the classroom.
Day 1-Brainstorm: What do you think are the important ingredients for friendship? Chart Responses.
Introduce poem, “Friendship Pie”
Day 2-Being a friend to yourself-what things do you bring to a friendship? Fill our activity sheet, share with each other and discuss.
Day 3-Brainstorm-what is a friend? Fill out activity sheet. Share and chart all of the ideas provided by the class.
The following page contains a list of possible responses to supplement the class’s list.
Day4-”Give Me Five”-qualities of a good friendship are taught by using the fingers of the hand. Question/Answer page-”Are you a good friend?” Students answer the questions with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ followed by a class discussion.
Day 5 and 6-There are 5 different scenarios for the students to listen to and come up with friendly solutions for. There are spaces for students to write their own responses or it can be done as a group.
Day 7-Words from Your Heart-discuss how important it is to use kind words with our friends-and how good it makes us feel when we hear kind words (give examples). Now fill our the activity sheet with kind words that can come from your heart to help foster friendships.
Day 8-”My Friend and I” how we are alike and how we are different. This is a Venn Diagram to help students identify that no two friends are exactly the same and that it is alright to have different traits , likes and dislikes.
Day 9-”How Can We Be Thoughtful Friends?” This activity paper allows students to think about the things they can do to be thoughtful friends.
Day 10-Friendship True and False Conversation Starters-after reading each of these statements students have to decide whether the statement is true or false. Each question should lead to a lively class discussion.
Day 11-Friendly Words versus Unfriendly Words cut and paste- Students have to decide which words are friendly and which are not and paste them in the proper place. Also a great place to have friendship discussions.
Day 12-What Can My Friend and I Do When We’re Together? This activity helps students to figure out what to do when they are with their friends. It might be fun to collect a class list of creative ideas. It is hard to assume that all children have the skills to fill all their time together-especially with newer friendships. This will help students to hopefully have some new ideas.
Day 13-The Keys to Friendship-this activity helps children to see that it is important to take care of our friendships. Children are asked to think of things they might do to help keep friendships alive and healthy.
Day 14-Friendship Quotes-there are many, many friendship quotes. This activity asks students to think and write about the meaning of these friendship quotes. They might be nice to hang in the classroom.
Day 15- Friendship Flower-students cut, color and paste the friendship flower. Flowers can be hung together in the classroom for a friendship garden. One page contains qualities of a good friend-the other is blank allowing students to write down their own thoughts and ideas about friendship.
Total: Friendship Folder-this page can be pasted to a file folder or a large piece of color paper folded in half to create a folder for students to collect their completed friendship activities in and have as a friendship handbook memory.
This unit can be supplemented with books, poems and songs about friendship. There are also a host of crafts-making friendship bracelets, necklaces, handprints.....
Depending on how lively the discussion is, lessons should take about 15 minutes each.