August 2, 2019
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by Meena Srinivasan

Lesson plan

Friendship Tea

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Students will discuss and reflect on friendship, and how to cheer up others who may be upset.

(20 minutes)
  • Warm up the electric kettle before class, and let it cool for 4–5 minutes.
  • Create a label, "Friendship Tea," and place it on the tea kettle.
  • Join the class together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask them what it means to be a good friend.
  • Show them the kettle, and explain that you are making "Friendship Tea."
  • Ask, "What would your recipe be for 'friendship tea'?" Offer suggestions, such as kindness, honesty, love, good listening, goofiness, and respect.
  • Write students' ingredients for their recipe for friendship on sticky notes.
  • Place sticky notes on tea bag tags.
  • Place the tea bags in the kettle as students offer more responses to their friendship recipe.
  • Write "friendship" on the board.
  • Underneath, write the list of traits for a good friendship.
  • Explain that being a good friend takes practice, and it doesn't necessarily mean that you'll never get into arguments. However, being a good friend means that you are able to have respect and be kind with each other, even if you have differences.
  • Tell the class that they will enjoy their "friendship tea" at the end of class (or the end of the day) together, once it has cooled down.
  • If available, place the kettle in a fridge to cool it quicker.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that another aspect of being a good friend means knowing what to say to help others cheer up.
  • Show the class the large cut-out human body made of chart paper. (Alternatively, draw the human body on the whiteboard.)
  • Place a pipe cleaner on the face of the cut-out to make a frowning mouth.
  • Ask, "What are some things that others say or do that help you feel better when you are upset?" Provide an example from your own life.
  • Ask, "How can you make others who are upset feel better?"
  • Take 2–3 responses.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out heart cut-outs.
  • Ask students to write down one suggestion that would help someone feel better in their hearts.
  • Ask 3–4 students to come up to the paper body and place a heart (with their suggestion) on it. Have them read their suggestions.
  • Afterwards, turn the frowning pipe cleaner mouth into a smile.
  • Explain that being a good friend means knowing the right recipe to make a perfect "friendship tea" with ingredients like kindness, respect, and compassion. Being a good friend also means knowing what to say to cheer someone up when they are unhappy.
  • Show the class the Cheering Friends Up worksheet, and read through its instructions.
  • Model how to complete the worksheet.
(15 minutes)
  • Dismiss students back to their seats to independently complete the Cheering Friends Up worksheet.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to create tags with quotes about friendship to place on the tea bags.

Support: Provide one-on-one or group support to some students during the independent working time.

(5 minutes)
  • During the independent working time, walk around and observe students.
  • Check in with them one-on-one to assess their understanding of what they can do to be a good friend, and what the key ingredients of friendship are.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring the class back together in a circle.
  • Invite 2–3 students to share what they created during the independent working time.
  • If the tea has cooled, pass out cups and bring out the tea kettle.
  • Bring the jar of honey labeled "Kindness."
  • Place 4–5 tablespoons of "Kindness" into the kettle.
  • Explain that being a good friend means adding extra kindness and understanding to our relationships.
  • Pour the tea for each student. (Optional: Make it iced tea.)
  • Tell the class that the smiling body cut-out will remain up in the classroom.
  • Ask, "When we look at the hearts what will we remember about friendship?" Explain that they can be reminded of the recipe for a good friendship by looking at the hearts with their suggestions.

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