Lesson Plan

Friendship Tea

The recipe for friendship includes kindness, honesty, and understanding, among other things! In this lesson, students will discuss the recipe for friendship, make a perfect pot of tea, and reflect on how to make upset friends feel better.
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Learning Objectives

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


(20 minutes)
Cheering Friends Up
  • 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.