Friendship 5:4 S

Theme: Relationship Building: Friendship

In this activity, children will learn the importance of friends, and develop the abilityto empathize with others and respect others’ feelings and needs!

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Friendship 5:4 S

Let Me Follow In Your Footsteps

Theme: Relationship Building: Friendship

Intensity: Large

Song:

In this activity, children will learn the importance of friends, and develop the ability to empathize with others and respect others’ feelings and needs!

Materials

  • Song lyrics
  • tuneTOON
  • A puppet
  • Washable markers
  • A roll of paper (big enough for a large group of children to stand on)
  • Crayons

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, children will learn about the importance of building relationships with peers and developing friendships.
  • Children learn how to communicate, share, problem-solve, establish guidelines and play fair via interacting with peers.
  • Through interacting with you (the adult) and peers, children will understand that they have an effect on others and that others can feel differently and want different things than they do.
  • When interacting with peers, children learn how to express and manage complex emotions such as anger, fear, jealousy, loyalty, gratitude and empathy.
  • Social competence is the key to academic success.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • Do you have a good friend?
  • What do you like about your friend?
  • What makes somebody a good friend?
  • How do know when someone is your friend?
  • How do you make friends?
  • When you see a frown on your friend's face, what does it mean?
  • How would you help your friend get rid of it?
  • What makes someone sad? How do you know when someone is sad?
  • What can you do to help someone when they are sad?
  • How do we express emotions? Why do you think it can be difficult for us to figure out how others feel?
  • What can help you understand your friend's feelings?
  • How are your friends similar and different from you?

Instructions

  1. Sing HELP ME FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL with the children, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children what the song is about. Show the tuneTOON and ask the children to describe what they see.
  3. Discuss why friends are important to us and how we can learn to understand their emotions and needs.
  4. Discuss how we "feel" when we have good friends and how we “feel” when we don't.
  5. Lay a paper out on the floor so the children can stand on it.
  6. When one child stands, ask the child next to him/her to trace the footsteps of the standing child. Have the pair switch places so that the other child can stand and his/her footsteps will be traced.
  7. Play the song and use the song lyrics. Ask the children to stand in their footsteps and follow the song, walking and stepping into the footsteps of the child standing next to him/her.
  8. Stop the music and ask the children to freeze. Ask the children how it feels to be in "another person's shoes and walk in their footsteps.” Repeat steps 7-8 until each child is back in his/her own footsteps.
  9. Have the children reflect on the activity and discuss what the children learned from it.

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