Making New Friends - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Making new friends means talking to new people you don’t know and spending time getting to know them.

Questions:

  • What are the qualities of a good friend?
  • How can you be a good friend?

Discuss with students what it means to make new friends and what a good friend is. Review the discussion point questions.


    Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Qualities

Explain that there are characteristics that make a good friend. Develop a list of those characteristics and talk about each one. Record answers on the board and save for activity 2.

Examples:

  • A good friend plays with you.
  • A good friend listens.
  • A good friend shares.
  • A good friend is loyal.
  • A good friend respects you.
  • A good friend cheers you up.
Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or Chalkboard

Activity 2: Wanted

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A, a Wanted poster, for a new friend. Encourage them to seek qualities discussed in activity 1. Students make share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: I will be a friend by ___________

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Students may share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Explain that a script is a form of writing; a dialogue between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example script below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet C and share.

Example script demonstrating how to be a good friend:
Chris: Hi, what’s your name?
Tori: My name is Tori.
Chris: Are you new here at the playground?
Tori: Yes, I am. I don’t have any friends here yet.
Chris: I can share my snack with you and then we could go play.
Tori: I’d like that. Thanks for being a good friend!

If time allows, students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to be a good friend and a poor friend. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Example script demonstrating how to be a good friend:
Chris: Hi, what’s your name?
Tori: My name is Tori.
Chris: Are you new here at the playground?
Tori: Yes, I am.
Chris: I’d like that. Thanks for being a good friend!
Tori: Yes, I am. I don’t have any friends here yet.

Example script demonstrating how to be a poor friend:
Chris: Hi, what’s your name?
Tori: My name is Tori.
Chris: Are you new here at the playground?
Tori: Yes, I am.
Chris: Well you can go play by yourself. No one wants to play with you.

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Tilly & Tank by Jay Fleck
  • Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship by Kelly Light
  • Boy + Bot by Amy Dyckman
  • Big Friends by Linda Sarah
  • Be a Friend by Salina Yoon
  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
  • Raybot by Adam Watkins
  • Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff
  • My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willem
  • Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Create a Wanted poster for a new friend. Be sure to think about what characteristics are important to you.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Share three ways you will be a good friend. You may draw or write.

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Check or circle the answer.

1. A good friend never plays with you

2. A good friend listens.

3. A good friend doesn’t share.

4. A good friend is loyal.

5. A good friend respects you.

6. A good friend makes you sad.