Lesson plan

How to Be a Good Friend

We all want to be good friends. But what does this look like? Help students to understand what it means to be a good friend by reading a story, acting out a skit, and creating a friendship picture.
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Students will be able to describe what it means to be a good friend.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask students what it means to be a good Friend.
  • Record their ideas on the board or chart paper, prompting students to share examples as much as possible.
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud How to Be a FriendBy Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown.
  • Ask students to share what they learned about being a friend.
  • Add to the list you have created.
  • If students forget key parts of the book, ask questions to prompt them to remember.
(10 minutes)
  • Use two puppets (or other students) to act out a scene involving good friends. Have one character in the skit fall down and get hurt. Ask students to share what the friend should do to help. Using the other puppet, show how a good friend helps their friends when they get hurt. Helping could look like using comforting words, getting a grown-up to help, or getting band-aids/ice.
  • Tell students that they are going to make a friendship picture to remind them what it looks like to be a good friend.
  • Model how to create a picture of friends helping each other when they get hurt.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students work independently to create their friendship pictures using paper and crayons.
  • As students work, circulate around the room to ask questions and prompt students to make connections to the book.

Support:Give students an idea of what their friendship pictures could encompass.

Enrichment:Have students write their own "How to be a Friend" books with multiple pages.

(5 minutes)
  • Assess how students are representing what a good friend looks like.
(5 minutes)
  • Call on students to share their friendship pictures with the class. Post the pictures around the room for future reference.

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