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Friendship Activities and Friendship Skills Lesson


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Do you have students that don’t quite understand what friendship is? This friendship SEL lesson guidance lesson is an interactive way to help students understand how to be a friend and healthy friendship traits. It also makes for an excellent companion to any picture book about friendship that you love for a social-emotional learning extension.

This resource includes:

• Movement-based four corners intro activity to get students’ brains thinking about friendship

• Two short stories illustrating positive and negative friendship behaviors

• Friends DO vs. Friends DON’T sorting cards

• Five scenario prompts (“How can you be a friend when…?”) to use in centers/rotations or whole group discussion so students can practice generating ideas of

• PowerPoint slides to guide you through the lesson and provide visuals

• All materials also included in blackline

• Google Slides (TM) for an interactive whole group lesson and/or asynchronous independent activities in virtual learning (digital resource has slightly different clipart in some areas but the content is all the same)

This isn’t just character education – this is research and skills-based social emotional learning that helps students be the best they can be!


✨Glowing Praise for This Resource✨

“This is such a great, tangible way to help students understand friendship. […]Loved using this in my counseling lesson to help students clearly understand friendship and start conversations about their friendships. Also, the lesson had built in engagement strategies to make it something kids want to do! “ ~ Rachel K.

“This made a huge impact on my students. They learned some new skills and got to practice them on many different occasions.“ ~ Noel Bates


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What others are saying...

“Kids have loved doing this activity so they are learning while having fun at the same time. Lovely resource.”

“I did this lesson with my first graders, and it was great! They were engaged the whole time and we had great conversations about what friendship looks like.”

“Students loved the four corners game and I loved the discussion that was happening over the different scenarios described.”