1.4 A Key to Being A Good Friend

This lesson starts with reading a friendship book. Need a book to read? Below is a list of friendship books. Check out your school library to see if any are available.

  • Angelo by David McCauley
  • Best Friends by Steven Kelloggfox
  • Being Friends by Karen Beaumont
  • Blabber Mouse by True Kelly
  • Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
  • Don’t Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi
  • Duck & Goose by Tad Hill
  • Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  • Fox Makes Friends by Adam Rolf
  • Friends by Helme Heine
  • Nacho and Lolita by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Nuggest and Darling by Barbara Joose
  • Something Else by Kathryn Cave
  • That’s What Friends Are For by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief

keyAfter reading, hand out templates in the shape of keys. On the keys have everyone list qualities that are helpful in being a good friend.

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Alignment with the 40 Developmental Assets:

  • Encourages Reading for Pleasure(#25)
  • Improves Interpersonal Competence(33)
  • Identifies Positive Values(26-30)

1.3 Supportive Yoga

This activity will take place in the form of a discussion, followed by a yoga session. This activity’s objective is:

For children to identify, discuss, and reflect on support systems present in their lives.

If you saved the Trees of Trust, hand them out to the kids who participated. This acts as a visual prompt for the kids during the discussion. Place the Trees of Trust in front of the yoga mat. 

Start with a leaded discussion surrounding support. Have fun with the discussion! Be creative. See where it goes! Some prompted questions are:yoga

  • Who supports you?
  • How do they support you?
  • Who do you support?
  • How do you support them?
  • How could you be a better friend?
  • How could you be a better daughter/son/brother/sister?

Next, encourage the children to visualize these people they support and reflect for a few deep breaths.

Move into the yoga session and continue to reflect.

Alignment with the Developmental Assets:

  • Identify Support in our Lives (1,3, 10)

1.2 Tree of Trust

Throughout this activity each child will work to create a tree of trust. This activity’s objective is:

For children to use the visual and spatial intelligence to identify supportive relationships, lessons learned, and goals.

  • First have the children explore people whom they trust and depict these people in the roots.
  • Next explore the lessons they have learned, which will be depicted in the trunk.
  • Then explore the people they(the children) support, depicted in the leaves.
  • Finally the goals they have will be depicted in the grass.

Happy Creating! 

Alignment with the Developmental Assets:

  • Identifies Support (1,3,10)
  • Encourages Creative Activities (#17)