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Years 3 – 4
Lesson 12: My Friendship Story

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  1. Lesson Overview
  2. Australian Curriculum Links
  3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

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1. Lesson Overview

Length of Lesson

Prior Knowledge (What Should the Teacher Have Already Covered)

Resources Required

Key Concepts

Learning Outcomes

HPE Subject Area Years 3 and 4

General Capabilities by the End of Year 4 (Level 3)

Personal and Social Capability
Ethical Understanding
Critical and Creative Thinking

Assessable moments: As students undertake the learning experiences described in the lesson, take note of a range of assessable moments to provide information about student achievement. Ongoing assessment will provide evidence of the extent to which students achieve the identified Australian Curriculum links. Assessable moments are linked to learning outcomes and are identified by the following identifier: assessable moments tickLO (insert number)

3. Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences

Format Lesson Plan: Suggested Sequence of Learning Experiences
Intro 1 mins

State the learning intention: Today we are going to explore the O letter in inclusiOn: Offer Friendship. We will discuss the connection between getting along with others, making friends and being happy. We will explore the impact of excluding someone from participating in everyday activities, and make the link between these behaviours and bullying. We will create a comic strip that tells a narrative of friendship.

Body 9 mins

Activity 1: Making Friends – Appropriate and Inappropriate Questions

Establish context: We all benefit from getting along with others. Having friends makes us feel happy and gives us opportunities to share our thoughts and feelings. When you meet someone new, one of the best ways to get to know them and become their friend is to ask them questions about themselves. We have already done this in a previous lesson when we asked questions to find out similarities and differences.

Teacher’s notes: In lesson 3 (Notice theme), the students should have completed the task – “How well do you know me?” This task required them to think of questions they could ask to get to know someone.

Today, we are going to come up with questions we could ask a new student.

Ask a student (or the teacher) to be the ‘new kid’. Volunteers come to the front of the group and ask the ‘new kid’ a question. Use this opportunity to discuss if the questions are appropriate or inappropriate (e.g. too personal, or rude questions, intrusive body language). The teacher can join in and pretend to be another kid who invades personal space etc.

Class discussion: Why is it important for us to have a range of friends? How can friends make our lives better? Does it matter if someone we know at school has no friends? How would they feel? What can you do if you notice someone who is feeling lonely?

Main point to highlight:

  • One of the best ways to make a new friend is to ask questions about them and find connections or things you have in common.
  • Questions must be appropriate and not embarrassing.
  • It is important for us to recognise when someone is feeling left out. We all need friends to make us happy and feel like we belong.
10 mins

Activity 2: What Would You Do?

Teacher’s notes: This activity provides an opportunity for students to develop empathy for others, and identify pro–social ways to help them.

assessable moments tickLO1 Class discussion: Ask students to describe their feelings and subsequent actions for each of the listed situations.

  1. Everyone in your class is going to a picnic in the park during the holidays but a classmate who is not popular is not invited. How would that classmate feel? What could you do to help?
  2. You see a younger child at school fall over and get hurt. How would he/she feel? What could you do to help?
  3. A classmate tells you not to play with someone from your class because they are ‘uncool’. What do you do? (Make the point that this type of behaviour where a classmate is isolated due peer pressure is bullying).
  4. You see a classmate picking on someone and calling them names. How do you think this would make the child feel? What could you do?
  5. A kid in your class is displaying interesting mannerisms and often says his thoughts out loud. No one in the class will be his partner for a class activity. How do you think he feels? What can you do to help? (Mention that this is a sign that a child is not coping – this could be behaviour associated with Autism. You could offer to be the child’s partner, or invite them to join your group).

Main points to highlight:

  • It is important to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and consider how you would feel if you were in their situation.
  • If you would like people to treat you in a certain way (e.g. to be friendly and include you), then you need to demonstrate these behaviours yourself.
30 mins

Activity 3: Our Class Friendship Storybook!

Lesson 12 Activity 3 – Friendship Story Planner pdf File (67.8 Mb)
Lesson 12 Activity 3 – Friendship Story Planner word File (48.5 kb)
Lesson 12 Activity 3 – Friendship Story pdf File (71.7 kb)
Lesson 12 Activity 3 – Friendship Story word File (143 kb)

assessable moments tickLO2 Task: You are now going to use your creative mind and develop a comic strip telling a story of friendship with a child with a disability. The effect of the disability is that the child does things in different ways.

Teacher’s notes: Encourage students to write about a child with an intellectual disability or a sensory disability (vision of hearing). Often students tend to focus on physical disability.

Students use the storyboard planning page and develop a storyline about making friends with an Introduction, Complication and Resolution.

Complete comic strip.

At completion of this activity, photocopy each students work and make a class book full of friendship stories.

Students can present their comic strips to the rest of the class. Compile copies of the comic strip and make a booklet. If time permits, you could also get student to design a cover page and select the best one to be used for the book!

Conclusion and Reflection 5 mins Class Action Plan

assessable moments tickLO1, LO2 Check for understanding

Get the students to complete their entry for the Action Plan for the O: Offer Friendship theme. Also complete the class entry for the Action Plan chart.