Learning from Friends
Social Studies/Art Activity
Through discussion and reflection, children will develop a deeper
appreciation of the many benefits of friendship.
WHAT YOU NEED
- My Friends by Taro Gomi (or another book about learning from friends)
- Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
- Drawing paper
WHAT TO DO
- Begin by reading My Friends by Taro Gomi. Discuss the book with
the class, pointing out that the girl in the story had many different
kinds of friends. Ask children to think about the kinds of friends that
they have. Encourage them to think of friends (e.g. grandparents,
teachers, pets) beyond classmates or other children. You may want to
list their responses on chart paper.
- Next, remind children that the girl in the story learned many things
from her friends. Encourage children to share some of the things that
they have learned from their friends. Again, you may want to record their
responses on chart paper.
- Now tell children to draw a picture of themselves learning something
from a special friend. As children draw, have each one dictate a sentence
explaining his or her picture. Record the sentence below the picture.
- When children are done, have them share their pictures with the class.
If possible, have them demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assemble the pictures into a class book and store it in your classroom library.
- Have children invite their special friends into the class to teach
something to their classmates.
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