How to Be Friendly With Others: Teach SEL to Pre-K Students

Pre KindergartenLesson: 408

How to Be Friendly With Others: Teach SEL to Pre-K Students

A story titled "Being Friendly, Always," starts this lesson. It is about two friends named Droid and Dude who have trouble getting along. The narrative starts with Droid feeling offended because Dude is not being friendly. No talks, smiles, or waves are being exchanged. Dude is totally snubbing Droid! He can’t take it anymore, so Droid asks for Mama Amore’s help. Together, Mama Amore and Droid help Dude realize how being friendly can help them get along better.

In this interactive class discussion, the students agree that they like to be treated with friendliness! They learn that saying "Hi" and smiling are simple deeds that can help them get along well with others and make friends. It can also make them feel good about themselves. Since the students want to be treated with friendliness, they agree to treat others with friendliness too!

"In this interactive class discussion, the students agree that they like to be treated with friendliness! They learn that saying "Hi" and smiling are simple deeds that can help them get along well with others and make friends."

To practice, the class engages in a social skills activity that allows them to say "Hi" and give their classmates a high five! Then, they do a finger play that expresses what being friendly is about. These reinforcements help the students remember the concept of friendliness in treating others the way they like to be treated. Other supporting materials are the visual aids of "Droid,” “Dude,” and “Mama Amore,” as well as the “Code of Conduct” and “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings” posters.

Before the lesson ends, the students sing and dance along to the Positive Action song, "Get Along." It is a bouncy, optimistic, yet relaxed song that tells of the different positive actions that everyone can take to help them get along well with others. After that, the teacher reads the ICU messages from the ICU box. Then, the students mark their Positive Behavior Chart as they promise to treat others with friendliness.

Pre-kindergartners are social beings who learn, grow, and develop faster within relationships that provide them with a sense of belonging, identity, and acceptance. It is important that they form healthy connections with others to ensure their social and emotional development, positive self-concept, and physical health.

In this lesson, pre-kindergartners are taught to build trustworthy relationships through the practice of friendliness. Complete with an illustrative and engaging story, immersive materials, and class interaction, this lesson is effective for helping young learners build relationships that last a lifetime.

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