Making New Friends

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate skills required to make a friend.
Language Arts Standard: Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:
The Prop Box
Brainstorm Form
Appropriate Rubric: One for each student to complete during each role play. To download the student rubric, click here

The Lesson:

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
• Model the Skill

1. First think about the values of the friend you want to make. You you have values and interests in common.
2. Make eye contact with the person and address him by his name.
3.Use a pleasant voice.
4.Introduce yourself and state a common interest. "Hi! I'm John. I see you like skateboarding as much as me."

5. Listen to his response. Does he agree that you have common interests?
6. Ask permission to join in his activity. "Is it ok if I skateboard with with you?"
Or ask a question like " do you have time to show me how you did the back step flip?"
7. Set a time to see the person again or say a way you can connect again.
"I come to the skate park every Saturday." "I live near here in the green house on Maple Street."

* Extensions
* Independent Uses

Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: (Dramatic asides are needed) No Yes
Did the student think about the mutual values he and the new friend might share?    
Did the student make eye contact and use the name of the new friend?    
Did the student use a pleasant voice?    
Did he mention a mutual interest when he introduced himself?    
Did he actively listen to the subject's response?    
Did he ask permission to join into an activity?    
Did the student set another time to see the friend again?

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________



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