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This is a combination of three lessons and Fan N' Pick, which I use for two of the lessons.
Lesson 1: Navigating Friendships: As a middle school counselor, I get to help the students process who is a good friend, who is a poor friend, and who to approach with caution. This lesson uses a traffic light as a symbol of friendship. Red- Unhealthy Friendship, Yellow- Approach the person with caution, and Green- Healthy Friendship!
This lesson includes how to use the traffic light as a discussion piece, what topics to cover, and then hands on application with task cards for the student to do after.
Lesson 2: Growing Healthy Friendships- Maybe this is just my biased opinion but social media in middle school has drastically decreased social skills in my students. They often times don't know how to determine who is a good friend nor how to be a good friend. I felt like I needed to go back to the basics and teach them simple social skills at the middle school level. These task cards cover three important qualities in friends: supportive, trustworthy, and honest. In addition, it challenges them to use I-Statements, active-listening skills, and problem-solve scenarios that I hear about quite frequently in my office. If you're students sound anything like mine, you cannot go wrong with this lesson
Lesson 3: Self-Guided Scoot: Healthy Friendships Edition
This is a fun, engaging way that the students can learn about healthy friendships, it is the game scoot which is great for incorporating cooperative learning into your lessons! I included self-guided scoot for the students that struggle and need to work at their own pace.
This lesson includes:
If you want a game other than scoot, then try Fan N' Pick.
Lastly, Fan N' Pick: I use these for many of my task card activities, including these two. It comes with directions and is great for collaborative learning! The students love it and are engaged.
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