We are Good Friends
A Mini Unit on Friendship for Valentine’s Day or Anytime
I have always felt very strongly about how important it is to teach social skills to primary students. If you have a social curriculum in your school then it is built into the curriculum.. My district used Responsive Classroom as the foundation for their social curriculum. If you can get your kiddos to learn good friendship skills as well as social skills then they are better able to focus on learning and you may spend less time correcting behaviors. My belief is if we model, facilitate and demonstrate a strong social foundation , then the children will also begin to demonstrate these skills.
With that in mind, this mini unit was designed to enable children to see good qualities in their friends and be respectful of each other. This is a packet of activities that are aligned with Common Core with writing, critical thinking, problem solving and group or partner work to encourage student to think about what makes a good friend.
Here is what is included:
A heart sheet for students to brainstorm what makes a good friend.
A sheet of ideas in case the students do not come up with a good amount of ideas as they work in their groups or partnerships (your choice).
Can, Have, Are sheet to fill in about what makes a good friend to fill in after discussion and debriefing of ideas that students describe or brainstorm.
3 How to be a good helper, friend and listener writing frames.
12 “What Would a Good Friend Do” scenarios for groups or partnerships to think about a discuss .
Hearts to write compliments about what qualities your kiddos recognize about each other.
A family letter to send home if you choose to have your students complete some of this as homework.
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