Friendship activities are a great way to begin your back to school lesson plans. Creating a caring classroom climate and teaching friendship social skills will set the tone for your whole year.
For many students, coming back to school (or starting school for the first time) is an exciting time of the year! They look forward to all the new and exciting things they will learn and making new friends. But for some children, it can be a different experience.
Many children worry if they will have a friend. Who will they play with? Who will they sit by for lunch? Will anyone talk to them or be their friend?
Or maybe you’ve been in school for a while and you’re noticing a lot of tattling or other problems in your classroom. This lesson on friendship will help solve these problems!
A great way to ease your students worries and encourage friendships in your classroom is by “adopting” a friend for the day. The story Stick and Stone is the perfect book to use with this lesson. In the story, Stick and Stone become friends and stick up for one another when they are bullied and help each other out of sticky situations. If you don’t have this book, you can watch it on YouTube.