This activity touches on the specifics of friendship, including what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like. Students think about what a good friend is.
Step by Step:
Step One: Review with the students how the boy felt immediately uncomfortable when Jeremy Ross moved right next door to his best friend, Stanley. Ask the students why they think the boy felt this way when the boy had not even met Jeremy. Discuss the assumptions we make and that it is important that we use our conversation skills to get to know our classmates.
Step Two: Draw the following chart on chart paper to review what it takes to be a friend.
Step Three: Refer to the story and ask the students to identify examples of things the boy did to show friendship at the end of the story. What did Jeremy Ross do to show friendship? As students brainstorm ideas of what friendship feels like, encourage the students to explain ‘why’ they chose their answers.
Step Four: Start a list of words or phrases that describe a friend. Continue to add to this list throughout the week.
A permanent class poster that includes words/phrases that describe a good friend.