Ask the class how you know that someone is your friend. Try to get as many responses as possible but you are looking for some of the items on the following list:
They are nice and kind.
They are positive.
They are a good listener.
You spend time together.
You can have good fun together.
They like it when you are happy.
You can make each other laugh.
You like the same things.
They keep their promises.
They keep your secrets.
They say nice things about you to other people.
They are helpful.
Now have them make an acrostic for Friend. Write the word FRIENDvertically down the center of the page. Have them come up with words or phrases that define a good friend for each line. The word or phrase can start or end with the letter on the line or the letter can be in the middle.
Here is an Example
Have them take the following quiz to see if they are a good friend. Ask them to close their eyes then read each question and have them think to themselves their answers.
- Are you nice and kind to others?
- Do you share and take turns?
- Are you a good listener?
- Do you like it when your friends are happy?
- Do you keep your promises?
- Do you say nice things about others?
- Are you helpful?
To process this activity, ask these questions:
- Which exercise did you like better, the acrostic or the quiz?
- Is it good to have good friends?
- If you answered no or sort of to any of the quiz questions, are you going to work on being better at that?
- If you answered yes to any of the quiz questions are you going to continue to do that?
- End with a review of the ‘I will’ statements for Trustworthiness and see how people who are trustworthy make great friends.
How did this activity go when you used it in your classroom? Did you make any modifications that worked better for you? Share your experience below!