Friendship Forest

Students build new friendships with others, especially across differences, by sharing their stories, experiences, and more.
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Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Reading
Social Studies
Empathy Book Club: Cultural Celebrations
Students will read about different cultural celebrations and gain an understanding about shared traditions, hopes, and values among people throughout the world.
30-60 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Social Studies
Reading
Community Celebrations: Kahoot! Collection
Learn about holidays that are celebrated in different countries by playing Kahoot! games created by other educators!
15-20 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Social Studies
Reading
Festivals around the World: Virtual Exchange
Explore different festivals that are celebrated around the world, and invite students to share about a holiday or festival that is important to them.
30-60 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Friendship Bingo
Challenge students to play this bingo game and learn more about their fellow classmates!
15-20 minutes
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Stand Up and Share
This game helps students build an understanding of others, and encourages them to explore their similarities and differences.
30-60 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Get To Know You: Flipgrid Activity
Use this Flipgrid activity to help students ask fun questions, learn about others, and make new friends.
15-20 minutes
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Reading
Writing
Art
Sharing Our Stories
Invite students to create a “river of life” art project which highlights events that have shaped their identity, values, and strengths.
60+ minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Get To Know You: Virtual Exchange
Meet your partner class over a live virtual exchange. Encourage students to ask fun questions and share about themselves and their community.
30-60 minutes
Grades 3-5
STEM
Writing
Art
Designing a Friend
Introduce students to the Engineering Design Process, and guide them through the process of designing an “ideal friend.”
30-60 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Social Studies
Art
What's For Lunch?
Collect photos of students’ lunches and explore foods enjoyed by others around the world.
Multi-day
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Secret Handshakes
Challenge students to create their own secret handshake with a partner!
15-20 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Art
Social Studies
Through My Eyes: Photo Project
Create a photo gallery that depicts an everyday moment of students’ lives, and learn about others’ stories and experiences.
Multi-day
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Reading
Writing
Art
What Makes a Good Friend
Engage students in a discussion about the qualities that make someone a good friend and kind actions they can take for others.
15-20 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
I Can (and Did!) Kahoot! Quiz
Play this Kahoot! game with your students to explore how our community can help us get through difficult times.
15-20 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Me Too: Hand Signal
Introduce this hand signal to students as a way to express when they share something in common with another person.
1-15 minutes
Grades K-2
Hey, Me Too!
Play a game with students to help them share fun facts about themselves and explore their similarities.
15-20 minutes
Grades K-2
Reading
Writing
Art
My New Friend
Students will interview, illustrate, and introduce a new friend to the class.
30-60 minutes
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Reading
Writing
Empathy Book Club: Building Bridges
Read and discuss books about building an understanding and appreciation for friends who come from a different background.
Multi-day
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Reading
Writing
Empathy Book Club: Back-to-School
Read and discuss books about welcoming others and building new friendships, even when it's hard!
Multi-day
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Reading
Writing
My Summer in Summary
Engage students in a discussion about their summer and their hopes and goals for the upcoming school year.
15-20 minutes
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