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Prior knowledge (what should the teacher have already covered)
- Children should know each other’s names and have spent some time getting to know each other.
- Selection of books with a friendship theme.
- Ball of string or wool.
- Copy of book by Eric Carle: Do you want to be my friend?
- Access to You Tube for song “You have a friend in me” from Toy Story, or a copy of the song.
- Everyone needs friends.
- It is interesting and exciting to have lots of different friends.
- A good friend likes you just the way you are.
- Friends care about your feelings and listen to you.
- Friends invite you to join in to activities.
- Friends focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do.
LO1: Children can describe qualities you find in a friend.
LO2: Children can communicate something they like about their classmates.
HPE Subject Area Foundation
ACPPS004: Practise personal and social skills to interact positively with others
ACPPS006: Identify actions that promote health, safety and wellbeing
PSC: Personal and Social Capability EU: Ethical Understanding L: Literacy CCT: Critical and Creative Thinking N: Numeracy
By the end of Foundation year (level 1)
PSC: Work collaboratively: share experiences of cooperation in play and group activities
PSC: Understand relationships: explore relationships through play and group experiences
EU: Examine values: identify values that are important to them
L: Understand learning area vocabulary: use familiar vocabulary contexts related to everyday experiences, personal interests and topics taught at school and used in other contexts
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:
LO (insert number)
|Format||Lesson Plan: Suggested sequence of learning experiences|
Welcoming activity: see lesson 1
Today we are going to talk about friendship. We will talk about what makes a good friend and we will practice skills that help us make friends.
Activity 1: What makes a good friend?
Class discussion: Talk about what friends the children have made since they have been in school.
Read stories about good friends.
Gather a seletion of books with a friendship theme. Example:
Title: A Very Special Friend
LO1 Class Discussion: After reading each book you have available, ask children questions like: How did they become friends? What made them good friends? How can you tell the characters are friends?
Have a discussion with the children about what they think makes a good friend. The following are some possible responses:
A good friend:
Main points to highlight:
LO1 Activity 2: Friendship spider web
Teacher’s notes: For this activity you will need a ball or string or wool. The goal during this activity is to observe communication of thought, feelings and ideas. Sit children in a circle formation.
Main points to highlights:
|Websites for further friendship activities|
Additional Activity to conclude unit
Class game: To conclude the Everyone Everyday unit, the children could participate in a game that is friendship based. Use appropriate music such as “You’ve Got a Friend in me” from “Toy Story” that can be sourced from You Tube.
Stop the music periodically and instruct children to find another child, or friend, to hug.
You've got a friend in me
| Conclusion and reflection|
Children sit in a circle and respond to the following questions.
How can you make sure that your classmates feel included in the activities we do every day?