Developing the Life Principle: FRIENDSHIP

#1) Life Principle:

Life Principle:

FRIENDSHIP– Caring for and trusting others 

Quote: “Never above you.  
             Never below you. 
            Always beside you.” 
            -Walter Winchell

Spanish: la amistad

#2) Key ideas:

  • We all have the ability to build caring and trusting friendships.
  • We can decide to take the risk to build friendships in our learning environment. (Choices Materials)
  • We build self-confidence and empathy by showing others we are caring and trustworthy.

#3) Lexicon: Friendship

Friendship  Elementary     MS/HS 

  • Break the word into pieces
  • Sound out the word
  • Find the root word
  • Select synonyms that support

Sign Language for Friend:

Using your index fingers, first hook right over left and then left over right.

#4) Describing the process:

  • What would friendship look like, sound like, feel like?
  • Use web-graphic to describe “friendship”, and using complete sentences add supporting details.

#5) Introduce the Question Focus:

State topic for questions.  QFT – Question Formulation Technique

“Our Question Focus for this lesson is about Friendship.

#6) Produce the Questions:

Materials needed: white paper and markers
Allow about 10 minutes

  1. Ask as many questions as you can.
  2. Change any statements into questions.
  3. Write down every question as it is stated.
  4. Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer the questions.

#7) Improve questions:

  1. Identify open and closed ended questions 
  2. Change questions: select one question to change from open to closed-ended and one closed questions to open-ended.

Allow 4-8 minutes.

#8) Prioritize questions:


State lesson plan criteria/guidelines and ask learners to identify 2-3 questions they think are most important.     

Allow 10-20 minutes

Group Share Out: Have each group share their rationale for choosing priority questions.            
Allow about 10 minutes.

#9) Discuss Next Steps:

“What are we going to do with these questions?”

(Whole Group Discussion – outcome to align with lesson objectives.)

Sample:   What behaviors support friendship?

#10) Reflect:

Individual and Group Reflection:
 
Ask a topic related question for learners to reflect upon briefly in writing about what they have learned.

Discuss and report in small or whole group.
 Sample: “What does friendship look like for us?”