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K-2 Expository Lesson: How to be a good friend

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Celebrate friendship by sharing a book about friends. Locate a friendship book in the school library, or your own class collection. Some suggested titles are: The Crayon: A Colorful Tale About Friendship by Simon Rickerty (Alladin 2014), Queen-A-Bella Finds a Best Friend by Lisl Fair (Brainy Connections 2012), Making a Friend is an Art by Julia Cook (Boystown Press 2012) The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie de Paola (Puffin Books 1998), Pomodoro Makes a Friend by Bryce Westervelt (Opera Gobbler Books 2014), Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (North-South Books 1999), How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer (Gallup Press 2009), How to Be A Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 2001).

First have the students draw a picture of themselves with their best friend. Talk with the students about why they are best friends. Chart their responses. Then MODEL sentences about “How-to” be a Friend. Use sentence starters with the MODEL.


Friends are everyday pals that share good times and bad.

Good friends always remember to share, share a crayon, a sandwich or even a favorite book.

Being helpful is a sign of a real buddy. If you need help learning to play soccer, a true teammate will teach you the game.

Everyone needs at least one bestie to have a sleepover with.

You can count on a friend to play on your favorite equipment in the park.

For sure, friends can play video games for hours together.

Have the students complete one or two sentences to go with their best friend pictures.

Sentence Starters:

Always remember to _____.

Good friends _____.

You can count on a friend to _____.

One trait of friendship is _____.

Surprisingly, friends _____.

For sure, friends can _____.

*Note: Only choose 2-3 of these for Kindergarten students.



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