Relationship Skills

Family Resources on Friendship

Project and Purpose

By explicitly teaching whole life learning skills while honoring diverse identities, creating a sense of belonging, and promoting student agency toward personal growth and social impact, the teacher better creates a classroom environment that fosters well-being for self and others.

If the lesson is used in the classroom: Students learned the definition of friendship, wrote about friendship and spent time discussing friendship.

Getting Ready for the Conversation

Everyone needs friends. Understanding friendship and how to be a good friend and seek friendship in others promotes a lifetime of wellness. This lesson helps students understand friendship and what it means to be a friend.

Conversation Starters and Practice at Home Activities

Tell about the classroom discussion about friendship. What did you find new or interesting?

Discuss the following questions:

  • Describe what you look for in a friend. Why are these the things you look for in a friend?
  • Are you a good friend to others? Describe why or why not?
  • What were some interesting things that some other students said in the discussion about friendship in class? Why do you think those were good ideas?
  • Who are some examples of good friends? Why?

School to Home Resources on Friendship

In this lesson students will define and explore the idea of friendship. Students will reflect and draw about what makes a good friend, and then share what they have in common and how they can learn from differences of friends.


This 25–35 minute lesson is designed for flexibility. It can be taught in one day or over the course of a week.

  • Warm Welcome
  • Feelings Check-in
  • SEL Skill Spotlight
  • Active Engagement
  • Closing Connection
Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.