The Friendship Race
Language Arts Activity
In this game, students work together to explore qualities and attitudes that help make lasting friendships.
What You Need
- copies of The Friendship Race Game Grid
What to Do
- Ask the class to brainstorm qualities and attitudes that contribute to good friendships. (Example: “Friends are nice to each other.”) Write the list on the board.
- Then have students select one of the statements and brainstorm how it manifests itself in friendship. For example, ways that “friends are nice to each other” might include: “say encouraging things, call each other on the phone, make plans together, and so forth.”
- Explain to the class that they are going to play a game in which winning involves the ability to come up with creative, specific statements about friendship. Divide the class into groups and give each group a game grid and a dictionary.
- When the game begins, each group must fill in each square using a word or a phrase that begins with the letter over that square. For example: “Ways that friends are nice to each other” under the letter F might be “forgive.”
- The first group to complete the race completely and accurately wins!
- Groups can use blank grids to fill in their own statements about friendship.
- The information on the grids can be used to develop a classroom game of “Friendship Feud.” Example: What's the number one way friends can be nice to each other? Survey response: “Help a friend who is having a problem!”