Category Archives: friendship

Mission Friends

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missionFriendships are a very important part of our lives. We learn the skills of friendship from our childhood. Research proves that strong, genuine friendships can be created in childhood than adulthood.

This classroom counselling session was conducted for grade 4 students. The aim was to help children get involved with each other and be friendlier.

I came up with the name “Mission Friends” because I had conducted this session just a month after the school had started. At that time, new students were still little hesitant to mix up with other classmates as old students had strong groups. “Mission Friends” would help the new and old students to get along with each other and help them know more about their classmates likes and dislikes. This activity was conducted for 45 mins.

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Activity Outline:

  1. Discussion about what is friendship and what friendship means to the class.
  2. Sheet of “Mission Friends” was flashed on the board and groups of 2 or 3 children were formed.
  3. Grouped children tried to know about each other with the help of the sheet as guideline. Time limit provided for discussion was 5-7 mins
  4. Introduction about their group members in the form of verbal presentation.

These presentations were interesting as children had to introduce and talk about their partner’s (group members) likes/ dislikes from the provided list. This activity had a positive outcome as they could find many similar things among themselves which helped them to reduce their barrier and establish friendship.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

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Friendly Fuschia

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I designed this lesson plan for prep 2 class for their unit “Story”. Being a counsellor, I thought of combining their unit “Story” with counselling (Classroom Counselling/ Guidance Class) and focus on the current problems in the class. Before designing the unit, I had a discussion with their homeroom teacher where I gathered information about the class, her concerns, distraction/unpleasant behavious in class etc. The outcome of the discussion was to address the class about teasing and to develop a better bond among the classmates.

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Activity Outline:

  •  Read attached story “Friendly Fuschia”.friendly fuchsia
  • Review each character and
  •  Reinforce that students choose their behavior and that there can be a lot of “Friendly Fuchsias” in the class. (not gender specific)
  • Discuss the behaviour cards and in form of activity, differentiate the “Good behavior and Bad behavior” cards. Good Behaviour

“Good behaviour and Bad behaviour” cards were given to the class and they had to identify the good behaviour and bad behaviour and stick the cards on two separate plain sheets of paper.

It is very important for students to know that “Friendly Fuschia” is not Gender Specific. This character focuses on demonstrating effective skills for being friendly and polite and to avoid other disturbing behaviours in class.

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Homeroom teacher assigned the title of “Friendly Fuschia” to each child every day to help them be responsible and display characteristics of “Friendly Fuschia”. This helped in managing the class. As per the teachers’ feedback, this lesson made an impact in their minds and teasing behaviour reduced. Children are friendlier with their classmates.

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

Friendship Cake

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This activity was conducted for grade 6students .The objective of this activity is to help children develop skills to interact with others, demonstration of effective skills for interacting individually and in group. This activity helps them understand the essential elements of friendship.

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Materials: crayons/ sketch pens, cake cutout

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Activity Outline:

  • Brainstorm on the topic “what comes to your mind when you hear the word friendship?. Write the responses on the board. Eg- honest, loyal, truthful, supporting, caring etc.
  • Brainstorm on the topic “when you think of recipe what action words come to your mind?” eg- blend, stir, mix, bake, fry etc. write the responses on the board.
  • Brainstorm and list on the board measurements and quantity required in recipes. Eg- kg, gram, lts, 1 spoon, ½ spoon, ¼ th spoon etc.
  • Provide the cake cutouts to the class.
  • Explain the class that they have to write a recipe for “Friendship Cake” which includes the details from the brainstorming sessions. Relevant examples were provided.
  • Lastly they have to decorate their cake in a colourful way.

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Friendship Cake Example

Ingredients

  • • 1      cup of helping others
  • • ½    cup of compromise
  • • 2      cups of trust
  • • 4      tablespoons of compliments
  • • 1      cup of cooperation
  • • 2      cups of loyalty
  • • ¼    cup of self-esteem
  • • 2      tablespoons of kindness
  • • 2      tablespoons of caring
  • • 2      tablespoons of honesty

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Few of students work can be seen here.

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friendship cake samples by children

friendship cake samples by children

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee

 

 

 

I can be a “Super Friend”

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I made a lesson plan for prep1, pre2 and grade1 (it was conducted separately as per the grade level). The focus of this unit was to learn to co-operate in class, be friendly with others, share things and toys. I also interconnected it with respective academic units of the above mentioned grades- body parts, family and sense organs.

The activity started by displaying a PPT based on “Super Friend” on the projector followed by loads of interaction which included examples, simple problem solving situations, modeling of certain behaviours, sharing of opinions etc.

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Observation time of a week was set. The respective grade homeroom teachers were asked to select a child who displayed maximum characteristic of being a “Super Friend”. The selection was decided to motivate and praise the children who displayed the characteristics of being a “Super Friend”. The homeroom teacher was asked to prepare a small description (write up) of the criteria’s that matched with the child’s behaviour or any short incident which showed the child’s qualities of being a “Super Friend”.

This deserving child was then appreciated with customized “Super Friend” certificate in the PYP assembly and the short description was read by the PYP co-coordinator. This reading out of positive description helped to increase the child’s self esteem and set as a positive example for other PYPians.

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The criteria’s for selection were:

  1. Being friendly with everyone in class.
  2. Helpful towards classmates.
  3. Others want to be this child’s friend.
  4. Avoids using mean words or actions like hitting.
  5. Taking turns while playing or sharing their things (stationary, books etc.)

The intention of this program was, to inform children that they are being watched and reinforced for their appropriate actions; it would be inspiration for others to inherit the qualities and characteristics of “Super Friend” and improve their friend ship skills.

 

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Mansee Gupte-Chatterjee