Engage students in a discussion about the qualities that make someone a good friend and kind actions they can take for others.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills and social awareness.
Ask students to think about a friend that they have. How did they become friends? What do they like about the other person? How do they treat each other?
Have students brainstorm qualities that make someone a good friend. Then, students should fill out the handout below by using the following questions to guide their work:
Share your students’ artwork with your Empatico partner class (e.g., through a live virtual exchange or a tool like Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet). Invite students to describe kind actions they can do for their friends, explain what qualities make a good friend, and discover similarities between their ideas.
Guide students through a post-activity reflection by asking the following questions:
This activity was created in partnership with the Merrills EDU.