Students will discuss and reflect on friendship, and how to cheer up others who may be upset.
- 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.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(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.
Guided Practice(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.
Independent working time(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.
- 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.
Review and closing(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.