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In order to get to know others we first learn about them, then we share about ourselves, and finally we spend time with them. When learners go through our Acting Like a Friend units, they will review the basic steps of seeking out friends and learn how to build stronger relationships over time.
Ask your learners what they look for in friends. What behaviors make them classify someone as a good friend? What are some things they notice that might not be actions of a good friend? Talk about how this is personal and may differ from person to person.
Talk about the steps that are needed before a friendship can really start to form. We need to put effort into getting to know others, sharing about ourselves, learning about them, and what makes a friendship equal. This printable goal poster is a great visual reminder of these steps!
Activity 1 is a fun activity where students will reflect on the friendship qualities they possess. Take this opportunity to talk about each skill and why it’s important. Activity 2 has learners select three qualities they can improve on and steps they can take to get there. I like to break these up over two sessions since they often lead to discussions within the group.
This sample video below is a great enhancement to any friendship lesson! We provide real life scenarios as age appropriate actors model new skills. We offer a 30 day free trial for all of our social skills materials if you’d like to check more of them out!
Lesson Plan: Acting Like a Friend
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