Friendship Unit

 

Poems & Songs

Friends

I say "Hello" to friends at school,
I'm as happy as can be.
They are my special school friends,
I like them all, you see.

Two Little Friends

Two little friends are better than one,
And three are better than two,
And four are much better still,
Just think!
What four little friends can do.

Good Morning

Say, "Good Morning" to your neighbor
Say, "Good Morning" across the way.
Say, "Good Morning" to (teacher's name).
And wish them all a "Happy Day."

Friends

I have a friend whose name is
(child's name),
And we have fun together.
We laugh and play and sing all day,
In any kind of weather.

The More We Get Together

The more we get together,
Together, together,
The more we get together,
The happier we'll be.

For your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together,
The happier we'll be.

Make New Friends

Make new friends
But keep the old
One is silver
And the other's gold

A circle is round,
It has no end
That's how long
I want to be your friend.

Friends

Friends at school
Are big and small.
Friends at school
Are best of all!

Friends
By Jill Eggleston

Friends care.
Friends share.
We need friends
Everywhere!

Friend of Mine
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Will you be a friend of mine,
a friend of mine, a friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and (insert an action) around with me?

_______ is a friend of mine,
friend of mine, friend of mine,
_______ is a friend of mine,
who (insert same action) around with me.

If You're Friendly
and You Know It


If you're friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you're friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.

If you're friendly and you know it,
and you really want to show it,
If you're friendly and you know it,
clap your hands!

Hello My Friend

Hello my friend
How are you?
Say your name.
And we'll clap for you!

Child says name and the class claps out the syllables.

The Friendship Circle
Tune: The Mulberry Bush

Here we go round the friendship circle,
The friendship circle,
the friendship circle.
Here we go round the friendship circle,
with our friends today.

Let's Find A Friend
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

Have the children stand in a circle and begin singing:

Let's find a friend,
Oh let's find a friend
Heigh Ho the Derry-O!
Let's find a friend!

Walk up to a child and hold their hand. Walk around the circle together and sing:

(child's name) find a friend,
(child's name) find a friend,
Heigh Ho The derry-o!
(child's name) find a friend.

Now that child chooses a friend and we sing that child's name. The song continues until the entire class is walking around the room. Then we sing:

We all found a friend,
We all found a friend,
Heigh Ho! The derry-o!
We all found a friend!

These Are My Friends
Tune: The Adamms Family

These are my friends (clap, clap)
These are my friends (clap, clap)
These are my friends,
These are my friends
These are my friends (clap, clap)

There's (name) and there's (name)
There's (name) and there's (name)
And then there's (name)

These are my friends (clap, clap)
These are my friends (clap, clap)
These are my friends,
These are my friends,
These are my friends (clap, clap)


Books

   


Activities

Our Book of Friends

In the beginning of the school year have each child draw a self portrait. Program the top of each page with the words:
Our friend __________________.
Have each child write his / her name on the line. Bind the pages together and it's sure to be a year long favorite!

Friendly Paper Dolls

After reading a story about friendship (see books below) I have children work with a partner to cut out a pretraced paperdoll style person from construction paper. Glue on precut wallpaper clothing. Use yarn, wiggle eyes, and markers to add features. They make the doll look like the partner they are working with. Hve each child write their friends name anywhere on the doll. Display the dolls on a bulletin board holding hands with their partner. Write the following poem on chart paper and display in the middle of the board:.

Friends

Friends at school
Are big and small.
Friends at school
Are best of all!

What Good Friends Do!

Take pictures of the children working, playing, cleaning, eating etc together. Mount each picture onto construction paper and write
Friends ____________ (clean together, make puzzles etc.)
Bind the pages into a book.
Title the book "What Good Friends Do".
Your class will love looking at the pictures of their friends over and over again!

Friendship Squeeze

Have the children stand or sit in a circle holding hands. The teacher starts the Friendship Squeeze by gently squeezing the hand of the child next to her. The child then passes on the Friendship Squeeze to the next child, etc. around circle.

I SPY

Play the "I SPY" game but only give clues about a friend in your room. "I spy someone with blonde hair and green overalls. Who do I SPY?"

Puzzle Partners

Cut seasonal shapes out of oaktag (or use a cute notepad). Then cut each one in half in a different way, so that they only match with one piece. Have the children move around the circle until they find their "Puzzle Partner". Then for the day, they can sit together at group time, line up together, sit next to each other for snack, etc.

Group Time Partners

Once a week when the children arrive put a sticker on each child's shirt or hand. At group time they must find the person with the matching sticker. These children will be group time partners for the day.

Morning Meeting

is the best way to start every day in any classroom! Even in kindergarten I start Morning Meeting on the first day of school. We all feel special and part of our class. It is a wonderful time that brings us all together as one classroom family!

For more information on Morning Meeting go to
The Responsive Classroom.


 

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